TSA Week in Review November 14th - 20th - Black Powder, Loaded Firearms, Knives and More

Monday, November 21, 2016
Firearms discovered last week.

Reminder: The Week in Review posts will now be posted on Mondays. 

TSA discovered 70 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.


A twelve-inch machete was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN). We know that people have some turkey to carve this week, so please remember to pack all knives and machetes and whatever else that’s used to carve turkey in checked bags.

Black Powder

A one-pound container of black powder (gun powder) was discovered in a checked bag at Bozeman (BZN). Black powder is strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.


In case you missed it, we posted our Thanksgiving holiday travel tips last week. Take a look.


Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered at: ORD, DEN, BOS, BWI, DEN, LGA, SAN and BUR.

TSA discovered 70 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. 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.

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