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TSA Week in Review June 12th - 18th: 73 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Discovered Firearms

TSA discovered 73 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 73 firearms discovered, 61 were loaded and 20 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.

Propane tanks

Two 20-pound canisters of propane were discovered in a checked bag at Anchorage (ANC). Propane is strictly prohibited altogether due to its propensity to explode.

Inert Grenades

These inert grenades were discovered at (L-R) Atlanta (ATL) and Seattle (SEA). 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.

Knives, Swords, Throwing Stars...

Clockwise top to bottom, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at RNO, ORD, BHM, BOI, ACY, LAX, DTW, ORD, DEN, DEN, ATL, DSM & BUR. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, 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 pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Firearm Discovery Spreadsheet*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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Comments

Submitted by RB on

What would we do without the TSA. Thank you all so much :)

Submitted by RB-The Original on

comment Submitted by RB on Thu, 2017-06-22 13:05
What would we do without the TSA. Thank you all so much :)
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The above comment was not from the original RB. Good try TSA.

Questions about Grenades or Grenade like items found during screening. Is each and every grenade or grenade like object cleared by an explosives expert? Is the checkpoint or baggage screening point shutdown until cleared by an explosives expert?

How many people were screened during the review time frame? What percentage of screened people had a weapon or weapon like object?

Submitted by RB on

http://www.wptv.com/news/national/tsa-tosses-englewood-moms-breast-milk-...

"TSA tosses Colorado mom's breast milk at airport security check point"

Does the TSA Blog Team won't to discuss this abuse of another passenger at the hands of a highly trained TSA screener? TSA already says proper procedures were not followed. But to be working the floor a TSA screener must be certified to be properly trained so how is this possible?

Retraining is not the answer. The TSA employee who CONFISCATED the ladies breast miLK should have been fired on the spot along with the person who signed off on this TSA screeners training.

$8,000,000,000.00 tax dollars per year and this is the TSA agency that we get for our tax dollars. Time to shut it DOWN!

Submitted by S Richart on

RB, in addition to the woman you mentioned you had her breaskmilk tossed at DEN, it happened another mother earlier this week, same scenario, i.e., milk tested positive. Mother was told to dump it or the bomb squad would be called and she would miss her plane.

Andrea Merrihew:

"I was told to throw out my breastmilk at DIA just yesterday for the same reason, and was forced to take off of work today because I do not have milk to send to daycare with my child. Producing a full bottle with the pump is NOT easy."

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/22/tsa-agent-throws-out-breast-milk/

What is the possibility that it was the same screener involved in both incidents?

Submitted by The OG RB on

RB said:
"TSA tosses Colorado mom's breast milk at airport security check point"

Does the TSA Blog Team won't to discuss this abuse of another passenger at the hands of a highly trained TSA screener? TSA already says proper procedures were not followed. But to be working the floor a TSA screener must be certified to be properly trained so how is this possible?

Retraining is not the answer. The TSA employee who CONFISCATED the ladies breast miLK should have been fired on the spot along with the person who signed off on this TSA screeners training.

$8,000,000,000.00 tax dollars per year and this is the TSA agency that we get for our tax dollars. Time to shut it DOWN!
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The TSA were only following procedures. The screener did nothing wrong :)

Submitted by Gilbert Velez on

..... Thanks for all you do!

Submitted by Darcy on

How many times are passengers allowed to "forget" that they have illegal items in their baggage before they are actually fined?

Submitted by JT on

I have been following these posts for several years and it looks like a majority of these firearms come into specific airports. Has anyone else seen that?

Submitted by Ci7alex1 on

How on earth ignorant does one have to be to turn up with these items for their flight, let alone LEAVE house with them.
IF you possess firearms or grenades, at least keep em in your yard or garden. There is adequate security at the airports and on the planes, so you do not have to bring your own means of active protection.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by The OG RB on Thu, 2017-06-22 18:03
RB said:
"TSA tosses Colorado mom's breast milk at airport security check point"

Does the TSA Blog Team won't to discuss this abuse of another passenger at the hands of a highly trained TSA screener? TSA already says proper procedures were not followed. But to be working the floor a TSA screener must be certified to be properly trained so how is this possible?

Retraining is not the answer. The TSA employee who CONFISCATED the ladies breast miLK should have been fired on the spot along with the person who signed off on this TSA screeners training.

$8,000,000,000.00 tax dollars per year and this is the TSA agency that we get for our tax dollars. Time to shut it DOWN!
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The TSA were only following procedures. The screener did nothing wrong :)
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Did he follow proper procedure? You know what proper procedure is? Since TSA hides behind SSI the public never knows what proper procedure is but we do know that screening alternatives were available and not used, we know that TSA stated proper procedures were not followed, and we know that TSA's ETD testers are known for false alarms.

It's criminal to confiscate a babies food like TSA did in this case.

Submitted by RB on

Since the TSA Blog Team isn't going to address this issue I will.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-alexander-johnson-t...

"TSA agent caught stealing cash from luggage at Orlando International Airport, cops say"

So just how good are TSA background checks? Where was checkpoint supervision?

Proof that travelers are not safe when forcibly exposed to TSA.

$8,000,000,000.00 tax dollars per year and this is the TSA we get. Shut it DOWN!!

Submitted by West Cooper on

JT sez - "I have been following these posts for several years and it looks like a majority of these firearms come into specific airports. Has anyone else seen that?"

I am fairly certain that there is some corellation between the number of passengers transiting the airport and the number of firearms/dangerous items discovered in the process of screening. Take ATL (Atlanta), they have tons more passengers than my airport at GSO, so it stands to reason that they will discover more dangerous items and firearms, than we do.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by S Richart on

JT wrote: "I have been following these posts for several years and it looks like a majority of these firearms come into specific airports. Has anyone else seen that?"

Take a close look at the lists over time and you should note that the most firearms are found in states with the most lax gun laws.

http://metrocosm.com/confiscated-items-airport-security/

Submitted by RB-The Original on

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nice-catch-tsa-finds-20-pound-lobster-i...

So a TSA screener sees a lobster in a cooler and takes time out of his duties to not only remove the expensive lobster from its packing crate but hold it up and take pictures, most likely with another TSA screener who is not doing the job they are paid to do.

This displays so many issues with the lack of professionalism by TSA employees that it staggers the mind. Not only was this display of personal property unethical but then to go on and publish the images on the internet is a possible violation of law.

I surely hope the DHS OIG takes notice of this unprofessional display.

Submitted by Cromulent on

There was a picture posted on the internet showing one of your employees holding a large lobster found in a passenger's bag. From what I understand, lobsters are permitted to be transported on a plane like that. If so, why are your employees posting pictures of someone's property on the internet? If I'm travelling with something unusual, yet permitted, I don't want your employees posting pictures of it on the internet. This seems like a huge invasion of privacy.

Submitted by West Cooper on

Why are comments that are obviously by impersonators being approved? Will this one be allowed? Or will TSAgent West be a hypocrite?

Submitted by Fred Klein on

Are you going to post these pictures, Bob?

http://whdh.com/news/woman-outraged-that-tsa-took-pictures-with-lobster-...
"TSA agent goes through passenger's packed lobsters to post pictures on their social media."

What is the policy on agents taking, and posting, pictures with passengers personal belongings? Or just pawing through said belongings unnecessarily? What will be done to the agent who did this?

Submitted by West Cooper on

We are allowing all comments that meet the posting guidelines.

For our readers, the only West Cooper that is on the blog tem, will post with the blue verified handle, thanks for visiting!

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

The name is not blue in this post:

"Submitted by West Cooper on Wed, 2017-06-28 10:12
We are allowing all comments that meet the posting guidelines.

For our readers, the only West Cooper that is on the blog tem, will post with the blue verified handle, thanks for visiting!

TSA Blog Team"

Was this an imposter?

Submitted by RB on

What happened to the Off Topic thread that contained well over a 1,000 postings?

Submitted by Bryce Canyon on

What kind of a gun was that lobster carrying?

Submitted by S Richart on

As with so many other checked baggage screeners, the one who showed off with the lobster, (and hopefully was severely reprimanded as were the other screeners who collaborated with him including the TSA spokesperson who posted the picture,) failed to repack the lobsters as he found them.

Why, West, do so many screeners fail to repack properly and more important, why do so many fail to close bottles of liquids leading to items in checked bags being damaged? And please don't come back with the AskTSA retort of "our screeners are taught to treat passenger's property with respect" because it's quite obvious they don't.

Submitted by West Cooper on

My apologies, I have been informed by our readers and the IT gurus, that the name appears blue in our system, but not in the public forum. I will get back to you on this once a change is made. As it stands now, this name with the "TSA Blog Team" at the bottom will be the only way to tell them apart.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Boldly on

Submitted by RB on Sun, 2017-06-25 15:58

Retraining is not the answer. The TSA employee who CONFISCATED the ladies breast miLK should have been fired on the spot along with the person who signed off on this TSA screeners training.

The TSA were only following procedures. The screener did nothing wrong :)
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Did he follow proper procedure? You know what proper procedure is? Since TSA hides behind SSI the public never knows what proper procedure is but we do know that screening alternatives were available and not used, we know that TSA stated proper procedures were not followed, and we know that TSA's ETD testers are known for false alarms.

I agree with you 100% on your first point. These officers should be fired when they do something wrong and intentionally don't follow procedures. But until TSA decides to pay good officers what they are worth and in accordance with other DHS officers, and demand the best, this will be the result.

As to your second point, are there alternative screening procedures when a liquid alarms? You seem to know a lot, what are they?
I assume you also know that ETD does not and cannot test for explosives in liquids?

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Boldly on Mon, 2017-07-03 11:13
Submitted by RB on Sun, 2017-06-25 15:58

Retraining is not the answer. The TSA employee who CONFISCATED the ladies breast miLK should have been fired on the spot along with the person who signed off on this TSA screeners training.

The TSA were only following procedures. The screener did nothing wrong :)
............................

Did he follow proper procedure? You know what proper procedure is? Since TSA hides behind SSI the public never knows what proper procedure is but we do know that screening alternatives were available and not used, we know that TSA stated proper procedures were not followed, and we know that TSA's ETD testers are known for false alarms.

I agree with you 100% on your first point. These officers should be fired when they do something wrong and intentionally don't follow procedures. But until TSA decides to pay good officers what they are worth and in accordance with other DHS officers, and demand the best, this will be the result.

As to your second point, are there alternative screening procedures when a liquid alarms? You seem to know a lot, what are they?
I assume you also know that ETD does not and cannot test for explosives in liquids?

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Boldy, same question for you; Do you know what proper TSA screening procedures are? TSA claims that ETD will pick up trace explosive precursors on items such as clothing, bags, and peoples hands. Why wouldn't the same test indicate explosive precursors on the containers that breast milk is stored in?

As far as TSA pay goes, the lowest starting pay is over $15.00 hourly for part time employees. That is very adequate for a worker who doesn't even require a high school education. On top of that TSA employees in high cost areas are cost of living adjustments tacked on to that starting pay. Add in uniform allowance, health care, paid vacations, and all the other benefits federal employees receive and starting TSA screeners are well paid, especially for someone that has no required job skills.

In my opinion TSA employees are paid more than they are worth. If we consider the reported MSP Red Team Test screening failure rate of 95% then I would offer that TSA screeners are paid way more than they are worth.

The problem is not pay. TSA has a disorganized, unmotivated, abusive employee group. Many of these problems surfaced after the unionization of TSA screeners. The way forward is clear; ban all TSA union activities and union representation, hold employees accountable for proper execution of TSA policies and procedures, and fire, on the spot, any TSA screener that fails to carry out their duties correctly.

Submitted by Vytas Tarulis on

Has anyone actually been fined or arrested because of carry-on items such as guns?