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TSA Week in Review: April 1st - 7th

Friday, April 08, 2016
Discovered 57 firearms image

Fifty-seven firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 57 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered firearm

After alarming advanced imaging technology, a Tampa (TPA) passenger informed the officer that he had this loaded .380 caliber firearm strapped on his left ankle.

Discovered a small knife

A small knife was detected inside of a pack of gum at Detroit (DTW).

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at ORD, LIT, OAK, DEN and PHX

Discovered firearms and knives

All of these items were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Gillette–Campbell County Airport (GCC) in Wyoming.

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.

Read our 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


Submitted by Anonymous on

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Bob, you reused a photo again.

Knife montage - leftmost knife with yellow ruler. Used in this April 8, 2016 blog post.

Previously used in knife montage, same place, in April 1, 2016 blog post.

Submitted by LT P on

Thank you TSA men and women for protecting us and keeping us safe. No matter how long the line, no matter my husband and I fumble with our shoes having to sit to put them back on. You keep us safe and we appreciate everyone of you. Thank you all!!!

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Bob, the date stamp on the individual gun photo from GCC is cut off. Please post the entire photo so we can see the full date stamp.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Bob, you say,"After alarming advanced imaging technology, a Tampa (TPA) passenger informed the officer that he had this loaded .380 caliber firearm strapped on his left ankle."

This gun would have been found using a walk-through metal detector.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Before any of the nay-sayers have a fit, the 2 blacked out portions of the picture from Gillett are the boarding pass and ID, which is private information. Can't wait for the copy and paste "poster children" put in their weekly tirade...

Submitted by RB on

TSA continues efforts to add more people to PreCheck, TSA claims 7,000 new enrolles each day, but complaints continue daily at @AskTSA about the lack of PreCheck screening lanes or the PreCheck lanes are just not open. If TSA can't support PreCheck screening lanes then why push to add more people?

In a related TSA response, @AskTSA says that using sniffer dogs was part of the effort to move more people to PreCheck. Butthe problem with that is TSA only has 130 sniffer dog teams for passenger use country wide. Anyone who knows a bit about working dogs understands that they can't be used for long periods of time so 130 dog teams spread out over 425 or so airports probably doesn't add up to one 8 hour period at any one airport where passenger screening involves dog teams.

If TSA would use PreCheck screening standards for all passengers adding additional screening steps to the very few people who alarm TSA could resolve the nation-wide backups at TSA screening checkpoints. This step would also resolve the need for PreCheck and the work that goes in to qualifying people for that program.

In short, TSA needs to learn how to work smarter not harder. Or as Admiral Neffenger might put it take a steady strain.

I am amazed how an agency like TSA can be such an overwhelming failure in everything it does.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

@TSAnonymous April 11, 8:39 AM

When you are done insulting fellow commenters, please learn that no one probably will, besides you, say anything negative about the blacked out portions of the Gillette-Campbell airport gun photo because the blacked out sections obviously are covering up ID information.

In fact, read back a few blog posts where commenters had to point out to the blog team that they had left identifying information in the photo.

Submitted by Wintermute on

How, exactly, is TSA keeping you safe? By confiscating liquids that are too dangerous to be allowed past security, but so safe that they are thrown in the trash right at the security line, no EOD response required? If they're so dangerous, why is that?

Submitted by Thomas V Asher on

"After alarming advanced imaging technology, a Tampa (TPA) passenger informed the officer that he had this loaded .380 caliber firearm strapped on his left ankle."
I thought that was kind of ridiculous because If he packed a gun, his gun would have been found using a metal detector.

Submitted by Southern Beale on

You lose the right to call yourself a responsible gun owner when you "forget" the loaded gun in your carry-on/strapped to your ankle. Seriously, this stuff ain't hard, people. What kind of idiot "forgets" their loaded weapon?

Submitted by Wintermute on

To some, carrying is such a daily part of their lives that they could, indeed, strap their holster to their ankle and forget about it, because it's such a part of their daily routine. That does not make them any less responsible.

Also note, the post does not say the passenger claimed he had forgotten it, just that he informed the TSAgent that he had it. He may have known it was there, and been taking his chances that he's be a part of the 95% failure rate.

Submitted by Vietnam Tour Pa... on

Cool printed gun. What the big deal?