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TSA Week in Review: October 9th - 15th

Friday, October 20, 2017
TSA discovered 85 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 85 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 85 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 85 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 17 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.

Checkpoint and checked baggage screening acts as a deterrent to keep those with ill will from attempting to cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft.

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 88 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 85 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 17 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 Ng 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

Again, still, recycling pictures. You claim these are pictures of the firearms you found for the week, but they aren't. They may be just like the one the you found but you don't claim that, you claim you found these. Except some of them had been found before.

Seriously, if you can't get this one simple thing correct why should we have even the slightest bit of trust in you as far as getting the complicated things correct?

Submitted by Stephen Carpenter on

All those firearms with 0 incidents is proof that what you do is POINTLESS.

TSA should never have been created, and the people who created it belong in prison for the rest of their lives.

Air travel was BETTER in the 90s. I should know, I took planes before the TSA existed...I mostly don't now. Because of you.

Stephen Carpenter
Somerville MA.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I preregistred on line and was given an 10:50 sppt. I arrived early and was told to get in the customer service line with those clients getting drivers license. The guy at the desk told me I did not need to get in line. He directed me to the back of the building. By the time I got there it was 11:06. The girl looks up and say you are late. I did not appreciate her assuming I was late. They all go in the little room for processing. Please get people who no how to deal with the public. I have a lot more to say about your entire process and where a person need to go MVA. Make it simple on line for the Annapolis location. Please email me for additional comments.

Submitted by Not A North Kor... on

unlike Ng who is paid to attack America with his weekly attack on TSA, I think it is time to ignore North Korean trolls and delete their posts.

Submitted by HaHa on

"unlike Ng who is paid to attack America with his weekly attack on TSA, I think it is time to ignore North Korean trolls and delete their posts."

There's something wrong with you if you think legitimate questions about TSA's faulty policies are "attacks," or if you think anyone who questions TSA is...a North Korean troll? Really?

As for the frequency of the questions being asked, perhaps it would stop if Curtis Burns or West Cooper would answer them.