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TSA Week in Review September 23rd - 29th - 72 Loaded Firearms, 5-Bladed Floggers, and More

Friday, September 30, 2016
Firearms discovered in carry-on bags.

TSA discovered 77 firearms this weekin carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 77 firearms discovered, 72 were loaded and 32 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Two 5-bladed floggers.

These 5-bladed floggers were discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (IAH). All bladed items should be packed in checked baggage.

Concealed firearm.

You can’t see it, but underneath the modeling clay and duct tape is a loaded 9mm firearm inside of a computer. It was discovered in a checked bag at Houston (IAH). Firearms are permitted in checked bags, but they have to be declared, unloaded and properly packed. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms.

Smoke Grenade

A live smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX).

Inert Grenades

Two inert grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Fayetteville (FAY) and Kansas City (MCI). Anything resembling a live grenade is strictly prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.

Knives and Throwing Stars

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, SAN, LAS, BOI, MSO and PHX.

Firearms SpreadsheetIn 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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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