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TSA Week in Review September 9th - 15th

Friday, September 16, 2016
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TSA discovered 68 firearms this weekin carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 10 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

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Left to right, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at BUR, MDW and CMH.

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.

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 Fix The TSA on

Bob, you have been doing well in not cutting off guns in the guns montage. It is appreciated.

You have continued cutting off any date/time stamps, as well as any written dates that appear in the photos. I can see the edges of handwritten text on several of the photos. One date slipped through your cropping.

As I explained previously, including written dates and times and real date/time stamps in this blog's photos (not the fake ones you or the screeners added) helps Americans know the photos are real and timely.

Submitted by Chip And Andy on

"..All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below."

Except they aren't.

I know a picture of a specific firearm is pretty much like every other picture of that firearm but you didn't say here is pictures of guns similar to what we found, you said these are the ones we found this week.

It's a simple thing to get wrong. And if you get this small thing wrong just about every week how are we supposed to trust you to get the big things right?

Submitted by RB on

Since 2011, TSA has publicized that it uses an
“intelligence-driven, risk-based approach” across
all transportation modes.

We determined that TSA lacks an intelligence driven,
risk-based security strategy that
informs security and resource decisions
across all transportation modes.

TSA: One screw up after another!