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TSA Week in Review: November 13th - 19th - 67 Firearms, An Inert Howitzer Round and More

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
TSA discovered 67 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 67 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 16 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.

This inert M107 Howitzer projectile was discovered in a checked bag at the San Jose International Airport (SJC).

This inert M107 Howitzer projectile was discovered in a checked bag at the San Jose International Airport (SJC). We don’t know items 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 an explosive is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at LAS, IAH, CLE and ABQ.

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at LAS, IAH, CLE and ABQ. 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 pocket knives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note. 

TSA discovered 67 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 16 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

"...This inert M107 Howitzer projectile was discovered in a checked bag"

Once it was determined to be inert was it allowed to fly? If not, why not?

Submitted by Rk 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 Anonymouse on

Who determined it was inert? Was the terminal cleared while the EOD team made that determination?

Submitted by SAB on

Can we see a list of those firearms found that were planted by TSA to see if they would be found during screening?

Submitted by Anonymous on

We have choices, to fly or not to fly. The guidelines are simply stated. If you agree, then fly. If you don’t agree, don’t fly. No one is forcing you to fly.

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

You signed an agreement to do your job as a TSA clerk in a competent and diligent way. Nobody forced you to take a job as a TSA clerk. If you don't want to follow the rules, quit your job and see if anybody even notices.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...No one is forcing you to fly."

Please advise on methods to get to Asia in less than five days to take care of elderly relatives.

Submitted by Dave on

So you believe we should be willing to be sexually molested in order to fly?

Submitted by Dave on

Stop gate rape, abolish the TSA

Submitted by West Cooper on

Test items used by TSA are not included on this list. That is a separate record keeping system.

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Submitted by Robert on

While TSA is about every ones safety and in the most part they do a good job, However like anything there will always be a few bad eggs.
I arranged and checked with TSA about transporting a couple of items From Memphis to my home in my Checked baggage, Only to find when i got home the said items had been removed it even states in there list of ok items that it was ok to take in undercarriage checked baggage these items are collectors items.
So do they steel personal items right out of your bag. Aren't we suppose to trust them to do the right thing we have to follow the rules, they should be accountable for there actions I have submitted an enquiry will be interesting to see what they come back with. I just want them back

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Robert on Mon, 2017-12-18 23:21
While TSA is about every ones safety and in the most part they do a good job, However like anything there will always be a few bad eggs.
I arranged and checked with TSA about transporting a couple of items From Memphis to my home in my Checked baggage, Only to find when i got home the said items had been removed it even states in there list of ok items that it was ok to take in undercarriage checked baggage these items are collectors items.
So do they steel personal items right out of your bag. Aren't we suppose to trust them to do the right thing we have to follow the rules, they should be accountable for there actions I have submitted an enquiry will be interesting to see what they come back with. I just want them back

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If you trust anyone working for TSA you are more than foolish.

Submitted by Ohsowrong on

the "inert" M107 round was not inert nor was it a 155mm howitzer round, it was about as real as the P51 Mustang sitting on my desk. it was a model that you can buy. it was not in a checked bag and it was not allowed to fly
what is missing in the picture is the water bottle standing next to it....guess over blowing the event got someone a promotion