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TSA Week in Review: November 27th - December 3rd - 86 Firearms, 2 Sword Canes, and More

Thursday, December 07, 2017
TSA discovered 86 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 86 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 24 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 86 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 86 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 24 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 live smoke and illumination signal flare was discovered in a carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC).

This live smoke and illumination signal flare was discovered in a carry-on bag at Anchorage (ANC). Flares are prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.

From top to bottom, these sword canes were discovered along with traveler’s carry-on property at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Baltimore (BWI).

From top to bottom, these sword canes were discovered along with traveler’s carry-on property at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Baltimore (BWI).

From top to bottom, these replica firearms/knives were discovered in carry-on bags at Raleigh Durham (RDU) and Cleveland (CLE).

From top to bottom, these replica firearms/knives were discovered in carry-on bags at Raleigh Durham (RDU) and Cleveland (CLE). Both replica firearms and knives are not allowed on 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 86 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 86 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 24 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 Anonymous on

I don't see MHT in the list of airports where guns were found yet at least one gun was found by TSA at a TSA screening checkpoint at MHT. The one known to be found was in the possession of a TSA screener reporting to work.

http://www.unionleader.com/safety/TSA-worker-packed-a-lunch-and-a-gun-12...

"A gun was found in the “lunchpail” of a Transportation Security Administration worker passing through a security checkpoint en route to work last Friday morning at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, a spokesman for the federal agency confirmed Monday."

Why was the find not listed by the TSA Blog Team? Another attempt to cover up wrong doing by TSA employees?

Even worse is that this guy walks away without penalty while the real possibility that this guy was attempting to hand off a firearm to a screened accomplice is a true threat. A handgun didn't end up in a lunch pail by accident and the "I forgot" claim is even more difficult to believe.

TSA loses all credibility when TSA employee bad acts are covered up.

So how about correcting the gun count and found location data?

Submitted by Tm 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 Susan Richart on

Yes, where IS the report of the gun found on one of your screeners last week? You wouldn't be trying to sweep something under the carpet now would you Bob and West?

Submitted by Anthony on

Lots of weapons found. where are the records of the people these are taken from? Are these weapons being taken from law abiding citizens or criminals? And as the other individual mentioned why is it when a TSA agent is out of line it is covered up? I believe it is for the same reason that police officers are always getting off easy after committing heinous crimes. They know of many others in the field doing so and if prosecuted would expose the branch. This is just my assumption though. It is the organizations actions that make me believe this.

Again I would like to know if the weapons are confiscated from criminals or law abiding citizens. So If you guys could share that information that would be great

Submitted by Anonymous on

Probably not relevant to the article which is discussing the number of passengers who are attempting to bring weapons through a checkpoint. Yes there is pause for insider threats, and for certain this person is probably getting terminated and watch-listed. But the "I forgot" claim as ridiculous as it is, is the standard most people give when they stroll to a checkpoint with a gun in their bag...

Submitted by RB on

Another uneducated comment

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...where are the records of the people these are taken from?"

Good question! The lack of records would indicate a lack of arrests. And that would indicate a lack of criminal intent on the part of those folks who "forgot" to clear their range bags before flying.