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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.

Machete

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.

Turkey

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

Knives

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.

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

Comments

Submitted by The Cat on

That Reloader 19 propellant powder is NOT black powder (gunpowder). In fact, it says "smokeless" right on it. This is an important distinction because black powder is more heavily regulated as an explosive.

Submitted by Doober on

One comment in a week? Please don't tell us you've been working a lot of overtime West.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Doober sez - "One comment in a week? Please don't tell us you've been working a lot of overtime West."

I actually have been working some OT, but I am chalking up the lack of commentary to the move away from a completely open forum to registered users, and the fact that this was Thanksgiving week. Traditionally our comment loads on holiday weeks have been either feast or famine, this year it has been famine.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by ET Blanco on

As a frequent traveler, I want to thank you for your work to keep air travel safe. And I am glad to have found where you announce your findings. Thank you for your transparency! I wonder...how many of these items would have been found under the baggage x-ray and metal detector policy that we did up until 2001? Were any of these items NOT metal or NOT detectable by luggage x-ray?

Submitted by RB on

Why was the forum changed from open to registered? TSA can't handle the negative comments?

Submitted by Boldly on

RB said...
Why was the forum changed from open to registered? TSA can't handle the negative comments?

what is it like going through life with such a negative attitude? I just shake my head every time I read something from you. Though I don't know you personally, I take that as a blessing. This is NOT an attack, just an observation. I have been called a TSA cheerleader, TSA intern blaa blaa blaa, at least those are positives.

Submitted by Doober on

"Why was the forum changed from open to registered? TSA can't handle the negative comments?"

My thoughts exactly, RB. TSA needed to find a way to squash the number of negative comments it was receiving.

BTW, where is Fix the TSA? I miss his/her comments.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Rb sez - "Why was the forum changed from open to registered? TSA can't handle the negative comments?"

I can not speak for HQ on this one, but my personal opinion is it had something to do with the amount of SPAM we were getting (there were probably other factors, maybe some that counted more in the decision making process - but I am fairly certain that SPAM volume was one of the reasons). Not just SPAM with the linked names, or included links that you could read, there were tons of imbedded SPAM links in the posts as well. The number of SPAM comments since the changeover have been reduced greatly. Side effect, we are seeing fewer comments. That is something that may or may not change back in the future as HQ determines.

Doober sez - "BTW, where is Fix the TSA? I miss his/her comments."

I have noticed their absence of late as well. I wonder where they have gotten to?

West
TSA Blog Team

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