TSA Week in Review: January 15 - 21

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Discovered hundreds of thousands of guns in 2015

If you haven’t already, check out our annual Year in Review post for statistics and images of some of the more interesting items our officers discovered in 2015. While you’re at it, you can also check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Discovered 51 firearms

51 firearms were discovered last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 51 firearms discovered, 41 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered knives

Top to bottom, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at PVD, ORD and PHX.

Firearms Discovered in Carry-On Bag chartIn 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.

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