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TSA Week in Review Feb 6th - 12th

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Firearms

TSA discovered 52 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 52 firearms discovered, 44 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Knives and Throwing Stars

Clockwise from the top, the items pictured above were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, ROA, SAV, IAH, MEM, CHO and BDL

TSA discovered 52 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 52 firearms discovered, 44 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last weekIn 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.

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video!

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

Comments

Submitted by RB on

Would the blog team share with what few readers remain just where this blog is headed. Comments are no longer posted on even an irregular basis. It seems that the intention is to let the blog a slow agonizing death.

Submitted by Carl Howard on

Just a quick comment and question for TSA. First, on Jan. 9th, 2017 I was traveling from ECP (Panama City, FL) to IAH (Houston) with only carry-on luggage. I was asked by a TSA agent if he could search my bag. I agreed, and he proceeded to search. He found a small wine opener which had a small blade for the wine label. The blade was approx. 3/4 inch long. I had purchased this opener years ago in France and have traveled with it through many airports for years with no problem. However, in this case he refused to let it go, so he called his supervisor who barely glanced at the opener and shook her head "no". I told her that TSA policy permits sissors with blades under 4 inches to which she replied that local TSA officials have the final say. My question is "Why publish rules for passengers to use if the local officals can negate them at any time with no recourse for the traveler?"

Submitted by Unknown on

What happens to all the confiscated items? Does the TSA have a buyback or sales/auction perhaps to raise funds?

Submitted by Carlos Kabuto on

It's already 2017 folks! Why do people still carry firearms on to the plane?! Maybe $500 fine will help register this travel policy for prohibited items up in the would-be passenger's brain. Besides, we need to raise funds for airport improvement or salary increases for hard working staff at the airport.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Carl Howard sez - " However, in this case he refused to let it go, so he called his supervisor who barely glanced at the opener and shook her head "no". I told her that TSA policy permits sissors with blades under 4 inches to which she replied that local TSA officials have the final say. My question is "Why publish rules for passengers to use if the local officals can negate them at any time with no recourse for the traveler?"

You are correct, scissors with blades less than 4" from the fulcrum are allowed on flights. The item you describe had a knife blade on it, not scissors - at this time, all knives are prohibited from flying in carry-on. The item was actually prohibited by regulation, and as such, should not be allowed to go through the checkpoint.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Charly Tuna on

Is the list missing for this week or is it going to be put out later?

Submitted by Boldly on

You are correct, scissors with blades less than 4" from the fulcrum are allowed on flights. The item you describe had a knife blade on it, not scissors - at this time, all knives are prohibited from flying in carry-on. The item was actually prohibited by regulation, and as such, should not be allowed to go through the checkpoint.

I recall about 3 or 4yeabck, TSA was making a push allow small knives through the checkpoint. However after pushback from the Airline unions and airline employees, that policy was changed back to its current policy.

Submitted by The Turk on

Where is the usual graphic showing the breakdown of which airport each gun was found at?

Submitted by Junias on

I heard from friends who have family that travel to the US on a non-immigration visa, B1/B2 are not getting the usual 6 months upon a return visit.
These people are coming from the Caribbean and Africa and fear that if 'they' travel back to the US for another visit they won't get the 6 months, as a return flight is required to get validated.
I am seeking what may be happening at the airports with people anticipating visiting family for 6 months... hearsay... some are being declined entry and others are given two weeks.

I am seeking feedback.

Submitted by Junias on

Question... has there been a change in non-immigrants with B1 B2 visa's are not getting the usual 6 months and are now only getting 2 weeks... These people are traveling from the Caribbean and Africa (Nigeria).

Submitted by RB on

Junias, your questions are beyond the scope and expertise of the TSA bloggers, besides few questions get answered here.

Submitted by Boldly on

Junias, your questions are beyond the scope and expertise of the TSA bloggers, besides few questions get answered here.

its actually not TSA's jurisdiction.

Submitted by Wintermute on

I believe that's what RB said.

Submitted by Boldly on

Wintermute said...
I believe that's what RB said.

well, wrong again. There is a difference between "scope and expertise"
and "jurisdiction."
He has no idea (as usual) what anyone's (TSA bloggers) "scope and expertise" is. I believe as I'm sure many others do, that his response was meant as a dig on the qualifications of TSA.
The simple fact is, TSA has nothing to do with immigration. But a simple unbiased answer is beyond his scope and expertise perhaps.

Submitted by Wintermute on

You said earlier something about nitpicking and looking stupid. Just sayin.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Team TSA Asheville (NC) geniuses took my wine opener too! Then offered for me to leave security area and mail it to myself. I can do more damage with my tweezers, nail clippers and heels they let me graciously keep.

Submitted by West Cooper on

Anon sez - "Team TSA Asheville (NC) geniuses took my wine opener too! Then offered for me to leave security area and mail it to myself. I can do more damage with my tweezers, nail clippers and heels they let me graciously keep."

Soooo, what I am hearing from you, is that the TSOs found an item with a blade on it, they offered you the opportunity to keep the item, by leaving the checkpoint and mailing it to yourself. Which is exactly what is supposed to happen with a sharp item (like a knife, or a wine opener tool that has a blade on it). Kudos to TSA Asheville for following the rules by the letter!

TSA Blog Team