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TSA Week in Review: December 4th - 10th

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
TSA discovered 72 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

TSA discovered 72 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 25 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.

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 72 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 66 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. *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 Un 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 RD on

I was appalled at reading how many firearms are found in CARRY ON BAGS! Why would anybody want their guns in Carry on Bags. Thank God for TSA finding guns in these idiots bags! WHAT IF THEY DON'T DISCOVER THEM? In the nation for one week, 12/4 - 12/10, 72 firearms were in checked bags. 66 of those were LOADED, and 25 had a round chambered! EGAD! If they didn't find them, we'd have people with loaded guns in their carryon bags!

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...If they didn't find them, we'd have people with loaded guns in their carryon bags!"

ZOMG! That would be so totally a nothingburger!

First, there are more than a couple of news stories about people making it to their destination and having the TSA miss their firearms.

Second, TSA's own internal testing demonstrates a failure rate of over ninety percent so there were as many as two hundred firearms that, EGADS, were on aircraft last week.

Third, you do know that most Air Marshalls are armed, don't you? Guns on aircraft are not dangerous. Guns in passengers carry-on bags are not dangerous either.

Submitted by RB on

Seems the TSA Blog has ignored this incident. Not surprising given the total lack of ethical behavior on the part of the TSA Blog team.

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

TSA worker packed a lunch ... and a gun
By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
December 04. 2017 9:36PM

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.

Londonderry police were called at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 1 for a report of a weapons offense. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday the call involved a TSA employee.

“The individual reported for work, and as is standard procedure went through security screening, where a firearm was detected,” said McCarthy. “The firearm was located in a sort of ‘lunchpail,’ where the individual had packed a meal in a sort of backpack.”

Submitted by Not West on

I can tell you exactly what happens when TSA doesn't discover them, RD. Absolutely nothing. Even setting aside the ~90% failure rate, it would be extremely naive to assume a 100% success rate. Therefore, anyone with half a brain, even TSAs biggest cheerleaders, knows that guns occasionally fly in checked luggage. And nothing happens.

Submitted by Zeus on

And think what would happen in a 911 scenario.It might not happen. Not everyone is a hijacker.