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TSA Week in Review: June 17th - 23rd - Sixty-three Firearms and More

Friday, June 24, 2016
Discovered 63 firearms image

Sixty-three firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 53 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered a pocket know, meat mallet, mountain climbing pick and two throwing knives

A pocket knife, meat mallet, mountain climbing pick and two throwing knives were all detected in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Austin (AUS).

Discovered fireworks

As the 4th of July gets closer, please remember that fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags. These sparklers were discovered in a carry-on bag at Baltimore (BWI).

Fire on bag graphical

If you’ve ever wondered why e-cigarettes with lithium-ion batteries are prohibited in checked bags, here’s an example of what can happen. Last Friday at Albuquerque (ABQ), an electronic cigarette with a lithium-ion battery exploded next to an aerosol canister in a checked bag and burst into flames. TSA officers put out the fire with no injuries. Read our blog post on traveling with E-cigarettes.

Discovered inert grenade

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. An inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Anchorage (ANC).

Discovered knives

L-R, these items were discovered at ABQ, DEN, IAH, PHX, CHS and IAH

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

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.

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

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 SSSS For Some R... on

FInally you got a compl..... nope, never mind. You claimed, and I quote "...All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. " But you lied. Again. Still.

And you TSA cheerleaders, listen up: They are photos, we all know what handguns look like. The photos are irrelevant just like the number of them presented What IS relevant, and very important, is the TSA lying to us every single week over something so incredibly insignificant as some pictures. If they are lying about something so inconsequential as photos, what else are they lying about? Could they be lying that 3-1-1 making us safer? Could they be lying about the level of risk of terrorist attacks on commercial aviation? Could they be lying about why there seems to be longer lines in spite of the TSA recently hiring how many more blue-gloved minions?

This is important. Trying to dismiss it just makes everyone want that much more to look behind the curtain the talking heads are trying so furiously to get us to ignore.

Submitted by RB on

Bob, instead of posting the weekly recap late on Friday evenings why not wait until Monday of the next week? That way comment moderating will be more timely and not make it look like you just don't care about the TSA blog which I suspect you really don't care.

In fact, perhaps it is time for you to step away and get someone in who does care a bit about the quality of this blog. You certainly don't seem to care any longer.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So if you think the photos are irrelevant, why do you comment on them so much? You would think the important fact is that 63 of my fellow firearm owners tried to take a gun through the screening point, either accidentally or on purpose. You are correct--the list is the important part of the blog, not the photo gallery. Why no comments on the list then? Since most of us have yet to find any of the comments earth shattering, so I don't think the world will change between Friday and Monday due to TSA's moderating of comments.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

The weapons photos are important only because the TSA claims that each one of these weapons was found by TSA screeners at the screening areas (or checked bag area) within a specified period of time.

If any of the photos displayed do not actually meet that criteria, then Bob and West have lied as government employees on a government website.

It is important for taxpayers to hold our government and it's employees responsible for what they say and do.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Anonymous said...
So if you think the photos are irrelevant, why do you comment on them so much?

Because if the TSA is going to lie week after week about something so incredibly simple as photographs then how could we ever trust them with something so incredibly complex as airline security?