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TSA Week in Review 9/30 - 10/6

Friday, October 07, 2016
array of guns and other weapons that were confiscated this week

TSA discovered 76 firearms this weekin carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 76 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered two cane swords

Two cane swords were discovered this week at Bradley (BDL) and Houston (HOU). Concealed items can lead to fines and arrest. Please pack all knives and swords in checked baggage.

Discovered a belt knife

This belt knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at DTW.

Discovered knives

These items were discovered in carry-on bags at (clockwise) XNA, BWI, IAH, SAN, BUR and ANC.

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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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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