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TSA Week in Review: October 16th - 22nd

Thursday, October 26, 2017
TSA discovered 69 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 69 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 69 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 69 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 19 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.

Firearms found in carry-on bags 2017-10-16-22*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 Oh 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 RB on

How much mothers milk did TSA screeners steal from young children this past week?

Submitted by Curious on

Appears that the last public comment posted is dated 10/20/2017, a full 10 days old. Looks like the TSA Blog is being managed about as well as the rest of TSA. Of course for an organization that thinks a threat item miss rate of 95% makes them exceptional I guess it is understandable.

My question, how in heck was TSA so successful in finding the least competent employees in the modern world?

Submitted by G Washin on

I have a question: I am flying from Dallas TX to Hawaii I Jan 2018, will I be required to go through customs?

Submitted by RB on

Last submitted comment: Submitted by Ng on Fri, 2017-10-20 12:07.
Almost 12:00 hours CST 11/01/2017.
Would certainly think that TSA Blog volunteers would demonstrate a tiny bit of initiative to maintain the TSA blog.

Submitted by Anonymous on

They don’t use naked body scanners anymore, they just use a generic body form and mark the general area where it detected something. But there is still significant radiation blasted at you. Just save yourself all the grief and get a Known Traveler Number. It’s so ridiculously fast and easy it’s insane not to have one, then you can just use the good old fashioned metal detector with your shoes, hat and jacket on and laptop in the bag. There’s no excuse not to have one if you don’t have a criminal record.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"..Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds"

Compared to what? What do you mean 'all too frequent?' When you seem to find just about the same number every week that becomes your baseline which means that your 'finds' are not frequent at all. And your arrests of bad guys is even more infrequent. And your arrest of terrorists is a number that when expressed in decimal notation has to switch to scientific notation to account for all the zeros in the number.