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TSA Week in Review: November 6th - 12th

Thursday, November 16, 2017
TSA discovered 63 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 58 were loaded and 23 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 63 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 58 were loaded and 23 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.

The inert grenade pictured above was discovered in a checked bag at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO).

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. The inert grenade pictured above was discovered in a checked bag at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO).

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, LAX, ELP and ELP. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

From the left, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, LAX, ELP and ELP. 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. 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 63 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 63 firearms discovered, 58 were loaded and 23 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 Chip In Florida on

I really think you need to add a column to your chart that indicates the equipment used to discover the firearms. It would be really good information to have and it's not SSI because you talk about it in your weekly hooray posts.

Submitted by Qj 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

Why hasn't TSA been bragging about the STSO at Orlando that moved the smoking backpack? Did he not follow TSA policy by chance? Of course readers here report many cases of TSA screeners not following policy and none are ever taken as truthful by the TSA Blog operators.

And how did an escaped mental patient fly from Hawaii to San Francisco using a fake ID? What is the point of TSA's ID checking dance if a dangerous mental patient can waltz right through TSA's ID checkers?

Submitted by Qj on

Chip, that's a great idea, so Curtis and West will never do it. That might make more people realize the naked body scanners are useless and don't work.

Submitted by Concerned 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 Anonymous on

Wish TSA had technology to identify stupid people and bar them from passing security.

Submitted by Trying Their Best on

When you’re perfect, you can point fingers and blame. Otherwise, we can criticize you for the stupid things you do.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2017-11-23 18:52
Wish TSA had technology to identify stupid people and bar them from passing security.
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If TSA had such technology no TSA screeners would be able to enter the checkpoint area.

And yes, I am saying exactly what you think I am saying.

Submitted by Op on

For one not naked body scanners cause they dont see any thing but a geniric picture with some boxes indicating where some thing is and for two, youd be one of those people that wants everyone else to get screened but not yourself. Trust me they do the best they can and do a fine job. Plus you really think they enjoy doing the physical searches? No they don't but they have to ,its not an option for them.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Nobody is forced to fly. If you don’t like the procedures. Don’t fly..

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

You can criticize me for doing any stupid things I might do whether you're perfect or not, but the problem with TSA clerks isn't that they're imperfect, it's that they aren't willing to learn and follow the rules. All the problems with medications are not with the rules themselves; the problems are that TSA clerks deliberately violate the rules to retaliate against passengers for insufficient deference. The reason 95% of guns make it through the checkpoint is that clerks think their jobs are: (1) stopping water and (2) enforcing respect for their plastic toy badges.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...If you don’t like the procedures. Don’t fly."

Please advise on how I would get to Europe in less than three days to care for elderly relatives?