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TSA Week in Review: 69 Firearms, Live Flashbang Grenade and More

Friday, August 11, 2017
Firearms Discovered

TSA discovered 69 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 69 firearms discovered, 58 were loaded and 16 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.

Flashbang Grenade

A live flashbang grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the San Diego International Airport (SAN). A flashbang grenade is a non-lethal explosive device used to disorient. They are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags.

Inert Grenades

Seven inert grenades were discovered last week. Four in carry-on bags and three in a checked bag. Clockwise from the top left, the grenades were discovered at ATW, IAD, KOA, PDX, SJU and PDX. 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.


Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at HGR, JNU, ANC, BNA, BNA, ORD, DTW and LAX. 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 Chart*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 Fy 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 Chip In Florida on

So the arrow you found wasn't allowed to fly, presumably because it is sharp and pointy. Which is where the idiocy that is the TSA begins because knitting needles ARE allowed to fly and they are typically sharp and pointy and usually come in pairs. So metal that is shaped like something is allowed to fly but the same metal shaped into something almost the same isn't.....

Submitted by Upcoming Traveler on

Is chapstick allowed through security or does it have to be placed in a quart bag? It would appear to have the same consistency as solid deodorant so i would think any quantity would be permitted. The "What can I bring" part of the website didn't have anything for chapstick or lip balm.

Submitted by Dave Indiana on

Nobody says the T.S.A. is smart they and the law that brought them into being just react to panic opinion without a lot of forethought, their rules penalize honest citizen rather than the potential malefactor, similar to the sign that says "NO GUNS ALLOWED", which translates into convectional English as,"Armed Malefactors welcome, no opposition here".- ON THE UP SIDE - they have taken a lot of the unemployed and unable to be employed off the streets. with about 50,000 employees and asking for 6 - 10,00 more they are enlarging the SWAMP and becoming the tail that wags the dog.