TSA discovered 58 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 58 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
A checked bag containing an ammunition box with the following was discovered at Palm Springs (PSP) : Three live ground burst simulators, Two live M83 smoke grenades and one inert practice grenade.
Another stun cane (one was found at OGG last week) was discovered in the carry-on property of a Kahului (OGG) traveler. All stun devices are prohibited in carry-on bags. Concealed stun devices can lead to fines and arrest.
Left - Right, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, IAH, IAD, ORD and PVD. All knives no matter how small are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. However, they may be packed in checked baggage.
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 pocket knives 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.
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.
Bob Burns - TSA Social Media Team