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TSA Week in Review: October 23rd - 29th

Thursday, November 02, 2017
TSA discovered 82 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 82 firearms discovered, 74 were loaded and 31 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 82 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 82 firearms discovered, 74 were loaded and 31 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.

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

82 Firearms Discovered*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 Anonymous on

82 guns last week. The real unknown is how many did TSA not find? Given TSA's long history of missing high percentages of test threat items I think a reasonable person would agree that some were missed. A classified report of "Covert Testing of TSA’s Screening
Checkpoint Effectiveness" is out but of course not available to the public although it sounds like TSA is maintaining is dismal performance record.

And did TSA not find any knives or other sharp items this past week? How about leather purses embossed with an image of gun, TSA screeners really like to steal things like that, or how about a sock monkey's little one inch toy gun. Yeah, that was a real threat to public safety. And why no reports on TSA's ETD testing devices that are so heavily relied upon, even though no record is available that shows anything threatening being found using that technology? Of course one of those did alert on my camera bag, didn't know my pictures were that bad.

When all things are summed up TSA comes out looking like the most inept group of federal employees ever created. Must make you proud knowing you're part the most detested federal agency ever devised. And guess what TSA screeners? You did it all by yourself!

Submitted by Pi 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

Just want know whether car headlight and taillight are allowed as carried on luggage

Submitted by S Richart on

Hey, West, there's a person who says she is a DHS employee apparently claiming on Twitter that weapons show up at PreCheck checkpoints. Is that true? I guess TSA wouldn't want anyone to know that kind of information, would they? Doesn't make for good PR to know that allegedly trusted travelers are bringing contraband to PreCheck checkpoints.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...TSA discovered 82 firearms over the last week in"


First, you don't get a gold star for completing the minimum level of your assignment.

Second, all those firearms found yet not a single terrorist? And from that I can find on the internet not a single arrest for any of those firearms.

Submitted by RB on

TSA must really be be proud to see how poorly their blog is managed.

Submitted by What? on

That’s why pre-check passengers go through screening.