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TSA Week in Review - Oct 30th - Nov 5th

Friday, November 10, 2017
TSA discovered 90 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 90 firearms discovered, 77 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 90 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 90 firearms discovered, 77 were loaded and 28 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 six knives were discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD). While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

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

These six knives were discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD). 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.

found firearms*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 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

Last reader comment is dated Wed, 2017-11-01 12:58 (no idea when it actually was posted).
It's now Veteran's Day 2017, 11/11/2017 and our TSA Bloggers have been absent for almost two weeks.

Incompetence or just another example of TSA telling the public to shove it?

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

So you have a nice list of all the firearms found. You even have it broken down by airport and caliber and state of readiness. Why can't you add one more column to that table telling us which equipment discovered the firearm? You could use a B for the baggage xray. You could use a W for the Walk-through-metal detector. And you could use a N for the Nudie Scanner. Then we the travelling public can get a sense for which of these technologies is the effective and then we could discard the least effective equipment.

Just thinking out loud.....

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Chip In Florida on Tue, 2017-11-14 07:56
So you have a nice list of all the firearms found. You even have it broken down by airport and caliber and state of readiness. Why can't you add one more column to that table telling us which equipment discovered the firearm? You could use a B for the baggage xray. You could use a W for the Walk-through-metal detector. And you could use a N for the Nudie Scanner. Then we the travelling public can get a sense for which of these technologies is the effective and then we could discard the least effective equipment.

Just thinking out loud.....

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Submitted by Offended Citizen on

Why does TSA continue to violate citizen Civil Rights by blocking access to TSA Social Media accounts i.e., @AskTSA and @TSA?

Submitted by Dr In Arizona on

Why is there NO mention of the "red teams" with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General being able to get banned items through the screening process in 67 of 70 tests conducted across the nation???

Submitted by David San Francisco on

I'm so grateful for the TSA screening. It takes seconds, is non-invasive, protects privacy...and protects us from the questionable (crazy?) travelers who attempt to bring loaded firearms onto planes each week. I scroll through the list to see the number of airports to which I traveled in the same timeframe, and am frightened to think about what could have happened to me, had TSA not discovered a firearm which would otherwise have been carried onto my flight. Thank you, TSA.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...and am frightened to think about what could have happened to me, had TSA not discovered a firearm which would otherwise have been carried onto my flight."

Except the TSA's internal testing reveals that as much as 90% of dangerous items are missed by the screeners. And there are more than a couple of media reports of people who made it through security, onto the aircraft, and to their destination WITH loaded firearms.

Let me put it to you differently.... your fear is unjustified and your support of the TSA is misplaced. Nothing happened to you because airports and airplanes are not primary, or even prime, targets for terrorism combined with the fact that there are exceptionally few terrorists in this country.