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TSA Week in Review - August 28th - September 3rd

Wednesday, September 06, 2017
TSA discovered 68 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 60 were loaded and 27 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 68 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 68 firearms discovered, 60 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.

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at CLE, BDL, BDL and DEN.

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

A cane sword was discovered in a traveler's carry-on property at Columbus (CMH).

A cane sword was discovered in a traveler's carry-on property at Columbus (CMH). Swords are not permitted as carry-ons and concealed items can lead to fines and arrest. Please pack all swords and other bladed itmes in checked bags.

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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Comments

Submitted by Leatherstocking on

Was there really a 30.06 found at RDU? Did someone put a Garand or Springfield '03 down their pant leg
or is this some variant of the Magnum Research 30-30?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Really Bob, this was the best you could do? No new content except the number of firearms and a few edged tools?

It really shows that you have little interest in the blog. Time to move on.

Submitted by Ib 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 Tom Musolf on

Start handing out stiff penalties for the stupid that try boarding with weapons. Why is it that these no-brainers do not understand "prohibited?

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"Why is it that these no-brainers do not understand "prohibited?"

Because, Miss Musolf, these items are not prohibited anywhere else. And these items are only prohibited on aircraft for arbitrary and frivolous reasons. I can carry my firearm into the market, the bank, the gym, the gas station, and my church with out any issues so what makes the airport so special that I should be forced to disarm? That is not a rhetorical question.... why do you think weapons are OK on this side of the searc.....check point but a problem on that side of the check point? What changed between here and there?