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TSA Week in Review: September 4th – 10th – 70 Firearms, Prototype Projectiles and More

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
TSA discovered 70 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 57 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 70 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 57 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.

These inert grenades were discovered in checked bags at Seattle (SEA) and Medford (MFR).

These inert grenades were discovered in checked bags at Seattle (SEA) and Medford (MFR). 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.

Inert prototype projectile munitions for energetic drilling were discovered in a checked bag at Spokane (GEG).

Inert prototype projectile munitions for energetic drilling were discovered in a checked bag at Spokane (GEG). As mentioned above with inert grenades, we have no way of knowing items such as these are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look.

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BNA, DAL, JAX, STL and SBA.

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BNA, DAL, JAX, STL and SBA. 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.

TSA discovered 70 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 70 firearms discovered, 57 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. *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 Jc 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 Anonymous on

I amazes me that travelers continue to have firearms in their carry on baggage. The pool of ignorant people must be deep and endless.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2017-09-13 17:47
I amazes me that travelers continue to have firearms in their carry on baggage. The pool of ignorant people must be deep and endless.
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And just think, TSA screeners have been proven to miss 95% of target items from internal testing over multiple years. Stranger yet, no one is trying to harm anyone except TSA and police types injuring citizens.

Submitted by TSA Screener on

Anyone referring to the Body Scanners as "Naked Body Machines" or any terms like that is misinformed and ignorant. Do some research before you start commenting on something that is not in use at any US airport. You are misinformed and your information is outdated.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...These inert grenades were discovered in checked bags at Seattle (SEA) and Medford (MFR). "

Once they were determined to be inert were they allowed to fly? If not, why not?

"We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, "

Fine. That IS your job after all.

"...and that takes time and slows down the line."

Why? Can't you take the passenger and bags off the line into the little holding area the same way you do passengers who opt-out of the nudie-scanners?

" It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation."

Yes, it can. But did it?

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

Why? Why would they be prohibited from checked baggage? The passengers don't have access to the baggage while in flight and your inspection teams already confirmed the items to be inert. So why are you not allowing harmless hunks of metal to fly?

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by TSA Screener on Thu, 2017-09-14 18:52
Anyone referring to the Body Scanners as "Naked Body Machines" or any terms like that is misinformed and ignorant. Do some research before you start commenting on something that is not in use at any US airport. You are misinformed and your information is outdated.

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Either intentionally lying or completely misinformed. Which is it TSA Screener?

You know, or should know, that the MMW WHOLE BODY IMAGERS used by TSA are the same exact machines with one exception. the addition of privacy filters and the gumby screen. The core machine still creates a raw uncensored image and has the capability to save and transmit raw images over standard computer networks.

Submitted by AB - Active Dut... on

Phoenix check point, thank you for keeping us safe and for making me dispose of a memorabilia water bottle that I got for one of my reenlistments in the military. I'm sure the big sign on it that said US Army was a great threat to someone's feelings and it made your make believe want to be cops feel threatened by it. Regardless, thank you for making me throw away my nice Nalgene military water bottle.