TSA discovered a record 89 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. The previous record of 82 firearms was set in May of 2017. Of the 89 firearms discovered, 74 were loaded and 27 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.
A loaded .40 caliber firearm with 15 rounds was discovered concealed inside a wheelchair cushion at McGhee Tyson (TYS).
An AIT (body scanner) anomaly on a Los Angeles (LAX) traveler revealed a bag tucked inside their rear wasteband area with a loaded .22 caliber pistol insde.
A small pocketknife was discovered inside the taped handle of a toothbrush at Cleveland (CLE). All knives are prohibited, and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
This 120mm practice tank warhead was detected in a checked bag at El Paso (ELP). We don't know items such as this one 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 live ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, LGA, BOI, ABE, DEN and MEM. While all knives and sharp bladed items 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.
*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.