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TSA Week in Review: December 11 - 17

Friday, December 18, 2015
Discovered firearms

34 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 34 firearms discovered, 31 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.

Discovered two inert grenades

Two inert/novelty grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Phoenix–Mesa Gateway (IWA) and Dayton (DAY).

A realistic replica stick of dynamite was discovered in checked baggage at Honolulu (HNL).

Discovered fireworks and road flares

Three road flares were discovered in carry-on bags at Austin (AUS) and Billings (BIL). Fireworks were discovered in carry-on bags at Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Sacramento (SMF). These hazmat items are strictly prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.

Discovered comb knife

A comb knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW). All knives are prohibited from carry-on bags, and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.

Discovered knives and stars

Clockwise from the top, these knives and stars were discovered at JFK, SNA, BOI, LAS, ORD, SNA, LAS, BWI and SAN

Discovered ammunition

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag. The ammunition pictured was discovered in a carry-on bag at Oakland (OAK).

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.

You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

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