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TSA Week in Review December 19th - 25th - 80 Firearms Discovered In Carry-on Bags This Week

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Firearms

TSA discovered 80 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Black Powder

Four tubes of black powder (gun powder) were discovered in a checked bag at Sioux Falls (FSD).

Grenades

We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. The grenades pictured here were discovered in checked bags at New Bern (EWN) and Raleigh–Durham (RDU).

Swords

These swords were discovered in carry-on property at SAN (Top) and ATL.

Knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: SAT, MDW, BUR, OAJ, PVD, BIL, PHX, ABQ and DCA.

Ammo

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

In case you missed it, check out our Top 10 Most Unusual Finds of 2016!

 
TSA discovered 80 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 26 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.

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 Doober on

Were any of those weapons found while physically violating a passenger's body? Was any contraband found while physically violating a passenger's body?

Submitted by Unknown on

The TSA needs to get tough with penalties for having concealed weapons in the carry on luggage. The excuse I forgot it was there is not acceptable. A little jail time, mandatory fine of $5000 and prohibited from flying for 3 to 5 years will start to get people's attention to the law.
All that is happening now is a game of hide and seek. Time to get serious.

Submitted by JohnSter on

Thanks for keeping the crazies and criminals off of the planes.
It is not an easy job, I'm sure.

Submitted by Boldly on

Were any of those weapons found while physically violating a passenger's body? Was any contraband found while physically violating a passenger's body?

a multi part question I see...
Were any of those weapons found while physically violating a passenger's body? Was any contraband found while physically violating a passenger's body?
Was any contraband found while physically violating a passenger's body?"

were there any police reports of anyone being "physically violated?" probably not. So I would guess the accurate answer to your question would be no, none were found and none was found while physically violating a passengers body.

Submitted by Chris Russo on

"Were any of those weapons found while physically violating a passenger's body? Was any contraband found while physically violating a passenger's body?

December 29, 2016 at 11:29 AM"

Since all searches are administrative and have been upheld as such FOR THE PAST FOURTEEN YEARS, the answer would have to be, NO.

Submitted by Richard Red on

were there any police reports of anyone being "physically violated?"

I know of 4 police reports filed in the last two weeks.

Submitted by Boldly on

richard red said...
were there any police reports of anyone being "physically violated?"

I know of 4 police reports filed in the last two weeks.
as we all know, police reports do not equate to criminal activity in some cases. Perhaps I should have asked, were there any arrests or convictions? In almost all cases that we end up reading here, when the nay-sayers jump to conclusions, video evidence ends up supporting TSA. We have seen several cases talked about here where TSA officers molested someone, or mistreated a handicap person and video evidence fully exonerates the Officers from any wrong doing. Peoples perception of reality and law often don't coincide with each other. I prefer to trust the courts and legal system more than the court of public opinion which is so often wrong.

Submitted by RB on

Boldly said...
richard red said...
were there any police reports of anyone being "physically violated?"

I know of 4 police reports filed in the last two weeks.
as we all know, police reports do not equate to criminal activity in some cases. Perhaps I should have asked, were there any arrests or convictions? In almost all cases that we end up reading here, when the nay-sayers jump to conclusions, video evidence ends up supporting TSA. We have seen several cases talked about here where TSA officers molested someone, or mistreated a handicap person and video evidence fully exonerates the Officers from any wrong doing. Peoples perception of reality and law often don't coincide with each other. I prefer to trust the courts and legal system more than the court of public opinion which is so often wrong.

January 11, 2017 at 9:59 AM
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A police report is just the first step on a long road to justice and we all know that fighting government is a particularly difficult task. Given that TSA will use every legal, and some not so legal, trick to avoid being held accountable makes it even more difficult for a citizen to receive justice. WE all know of TSA employees who have perjured themselves on police reports and during testimony in court.

Submitted by Boldly on

Given that TSA will use every legal, and some not so legal, trick to avoid being held accountable makes it even more difficult for a citizen to receive justice.

you have made a direct charge against TSA, can you support it with evidence?
Can you show anyone here one "not so legal" or "trick" TSA has used to get a guilty officer off?
You simply cannot make egregious accusations without being called out on it. I don't want your "opinion" because you clearly have an agenda and I have seen your track record when it comes to knowing what is law and what is not. So please, show us some facts to support your claim.

Submitted by Boldly on

Boldly said...
Given that TSA will use every legal, and some not so legal, trick to avoid being held accountable makes it even more difficult for a citizen to receive justice.

you have made a direct charge against TSA, can you support it with evidence?
Can you show anyone here one "not so legal" or "trick" TSA has used to get a guilty officer off?
You simply cannot make egregious accusations without being called out on it. I don't want your "opinion" because you clearly have an agenda and I have seen your track record when it comes to knowing what is law and what is not. So please, show us some facts to support your claim.

January 19, 2017 at 1:44 PM

almost a month now and still no response with viable reports to support the claims against TSA made by RB... Just crickets...
Pretty much what I expected. No credibility.

Submitted by Wintermute on

Hahahahahahaha

Submitted by Wintermute on

Move goal posts much?