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TSA Week in Review - June 5th - 11th: 75 Firearms, Concealed Firearm, Inert 40mm Grenades and More

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Discovered Firearms

TSA discovered 75 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 75 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 18 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.

Inert Grenades

When you’re traveling through airports, you only really scratch the surface of what you see in regards to TSA operations. There’s so much going on behind the scenes. For example, Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) our officers discovered four 40mm grenades in a tactical vest inside a checked bag. A TSA explosives specialist was called to scene and thankfully cleared the items as inert. In this case, only the baggage screening area was evacuated resulting in a 10-minute halt on baggage screening locations. At other times inert explosives have led to evacuations resulting in multiple lengthy delays. By packing inert or replica explosives, you not only stand the chance of getting yourself in hot water, but you are also possibly impacting scores of your fellow travelers. In case you were wondering, we have found live grenades in the past.

Grenade Creature

This grenade creature was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ). 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. Real, inert, or anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Flare Gun

This flare gun and 4 flares were discovered in a carry-on bag at Honolulu (HNL). Flares are prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.

Knives, Throwing Star

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at DEN, CRW and IAH. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

Concealed Firearm

A firearm was discovered concealed in a checked bag at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). It was inserted into a hollowed out CD ROM drive and placed between file folders in a bin. Traveling with firearms in checked bags is permitted as long as the firearm is declared and the proper packing guidelines are followed.

In adFirearm Discovery Spreadsheetdition 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.

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.

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. 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.

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 In Florida on

"..At other times inert explosives have led to evacuations resulting in multiple lengthy delays."


Google News disagrees with your assertion, how far back in time do I need to look to find the example you mention?

Submitted by RB on

Thanks for keeping us safe! :)

Submitted by Max Yost on

How can you possibly justify the harassment and intimidation of the mother in Denver forced to dump her breast milk? Just in case word hasn't gotten back to you: Is this part of a "minor inconvenience?" "A few minutes later, she was overcome with emotion. "I just started crying,” she said, “because I really didn’t know what to do…that was my son’s food.”

And, your policy of intimidating the public is obviously working: "She said she didn’t argue, because she didn’t want to get pulled into a back room and get patted down."

"Disgusting" doesn't even begin to describe my rage at you people.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by RB on Wed, 2017-06-21 15:24
Thanks for keeping us safe! :)
Not the RB that has been posting since the beginning days of the TSA Blog. Just some AH stirring crap.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Thu, 2017-06-22 14:15
They are not as frequent as firearms challenges, but they do happen -

Last year

The year before.

Just a couple of months ago.

TSA Blog Team

Last link was from 2009 not just a couple of months ago. Second link is from 2015. First link is from 2016.

Want to try again?

Submitted by West Cooper on

Nope, you are right, it was from a repopulator site, and I missed the original date on the article.

My original point remains the same - fake bombs can and have created situations where airports, and sections of airports have been evacuated.

TSA Blog Team