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TSA Week in Review: July 17th - 23rd - 78 Firearms, Gun Powder, Inert Tank Rocket & More

Friday, July 28, 2017
Discovered Firearms

TSA discovered 78 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 78 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 25 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.

This inert 2.36 anti-tank rocket was discovered in a carry-0n bag at Tampa (TPA).

This inert 2.36 anti-tank rocket was discovered in a carry-0n bag at Tampa (TPA). We don’t know items like this 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 military ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

A 10-ounce container of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at Salt Lake City (SLC).

A 10-ounce container of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at Salt Lake City (SLC). While properly packed ammunition is allowed in checked bags, gun powder is strictly prohibited altogether. 

This cane sword was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Seattle (SEA).

This cane sword was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Seattle (SEA). All knives and swords are prohibited as carry-on items, and concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest. 

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BNA, PVD, JAX, SFO, LGA and DEN.

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BNA, PVD, JAX, SFO, LGA and DEN. 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 Dw on

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Submitted by S Richart on

How many "dangerous items" were found as a result of sexually assaults on passengers? None? How many passengers tested positive for explosive residue after being sexually assaulted? None?

Why don't the sniffer dogs alert on glycerin from hand cream or nitrogen from fertilizer unlike your ETD machines?

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...This inert 2.36 anti-tank rocket"

Once it was determined to be inert was it allowed to fly? If not, why not?

Submitted by Your Name on

" Real, inert, or anything resembling military ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage."

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"..." Real, inert, or anything resembling military ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.""

Yes. But why? It is inert. That means it is nothing more than metal and/or plastic. Metal is allowed to fly so why is metal in a certain shape NOT allowed to fly? And the question goes double for hunks of metal in checked baggage.... if it is inert why can it not go in the cargo hold?

Submitted by Your Name on

We don’t know items like this 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 military ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Submitted by Msedn on

Why do anyone think that it is okay to fly on a airplane with any hazardous item, weapon, explosive item, knife, bullets, gun, gun power, or any of that crazy stuff weather flax or not? It makes it difficult for the normal people. They should be arrested and barred from flying. If you need illegal stuff, drive to your destination.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Your Name on Tue, 2017-08-01 10:39
We don’t know items like this 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 military ordnance is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
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If you're responding for the TSA Blog shouldn't you use a real name.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by Msedn on Tue, 2017-08-01 12:48
Why do anyone think that it is okay to fly on a airplane with any hazardous item, weapon, explosive item, knife, bullets, gun, gun power, or any of that crazy stuff weather flax or not? It makes it difficult for the normal people. They should be arrested and barred from flying. If you need illegal stuff, drive to your destination.
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How does it make it "difficult for normal people"? And what items are illegal?

People walk around daily with items like these with only rare incidents. Stop being afraid of your own shadow, "weather flax or not"!

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"... drive to your destination."

Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, you are the one who isn't normal? And that maybe, just maybe, it is you that should do the driving and leaving the flying to the people who aren't scared of inanimate objects and inert lumps of metal?

Just a thought.