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TSA Week in Review April 24th - 30th: 66 Firearms Discovered Last Week

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

TSA discovered 66 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 66 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 20 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Concealed Fireworks

Fireworks were discovered concealed in two boxes of energy drinks at Louisville (SDF). One can had been removed from each box and replaced with fireworks and the box was glued shut as if had never been opened. Concealing prohibited items can lead to hefty fines and even arrest.


Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at: BUR, CLE, RIC, FCA, DEN, DTW, ORD and SAN

Fireamrs Discovered in Carry-on BagsIn 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.

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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Submitted by Chip And Andy on

"...Fireworks were discovered concealed in two boxes"

In checked baggage? Or carry on?

I am asking because you keep redundant information on firearms counting the loaded ones twice if they have a 'round chambered' so I have to wonder why you didn't qualify this find.

Submitted by RB on

Numerous reports from across the country of TSA screeners requiring people remove all paper products, food items, and smaller electronics from carry on bags yet no one word from TSA or the TSA Blog Team about these new procedures.

So have airports all across the country just gone rogue or is the TSA Blog Team not being upfront and truthful with the public when asked directly about these seemingly new procedures?

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

Pay as you go. U don't pay for roads if you don't drive. Hence those caught with guns should be paying for the TSA agents who look for them.

Submitted by Boldly on

CliffOnTheRoad said...
Pay as you go. U don't pay for roads if you don't drive. Hence those caught with guns should be paying for the TSA agents who look for them.

I'm trying real hard to figure out how this even makes any sense. I don't use public education, never have but I pay for it. I don't use welfare, but I pay for it. I probably wont use social security but I pay for it... I do however fly almost weekly, I do use TSA officers to screen fellow passengers...I guess I'm ok with paying for it. I can think of a dozen or so wasteful programs funded by our tax dollars that are a lot more useless than TSA.