TSA Week in Review August 5th - 11th - A Record Breaking 78 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week - 68 Loaded

Friday, August 12, 2016
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TSA discovered a record breaking 78 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 78 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. The previous record of 74 firearms was set in May of 2016. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered two inert grenades

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. Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Eugene (EUG) and Las Vegas (LAS). The other two were discovered in checked bags at Appleton (ATW) and Columbia (CAE). The grenades pictured are from (l-r) LAS and ATW.

Discovered cane swords

A cane sword was discovered this week in carry-on property at Omaha (OMA).

Discovered concealed knife in pill bottle

A knife was discovered concealed in a pill bottle at San Francisco (SFO). All knives are prohibited and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at ATW, CLT, JFK, SFO and OAK.

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags listIn 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.

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