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TSA Week in Review: December 11th - 17th

Friday, December 22, 2017
TSA discovered 66 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 66 firearms discovered, 57 were loaded and 24 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 66 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 66 firearms discovered, 57 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.

From the left, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, BNA, BNA and HOU.

From the left, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, BNA, BNA and HOU. While all of these 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 66 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 66 firearms discovered, 57 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 Helen Smith on

Why don't people ever learn?

Submitted by RB on

TSA discovered 66 firearms over the last week....... How many were carried by TSA employees?

You may choose to not talk about TSA faults but that won't stop honest people from talking about it.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

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

So even you admit that your organization is nothing more than a deterrent. Eight billion dollars a year for nothing more than a deterrent. Not prevention, just a discouragement.

Submitted by Robert Ries on

A firearm that does not have a round chambered is, by definition, not loaded.

Stop using 'loaded' language to try to scare people.

Submitted by West Cooper on

That depends upon a number of things (law wording, location, policies, gun type, etc). Some states are currently in the process of changing their laws to more clear wording, and a more standardized definition - some are not. TSA currently uses the definition found here. It reads as follows :

"As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm."

So, our posts reflect the above definition.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Santa on

Unless it is a revolver.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm."

So, our posts reflect the above definition.

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No.

They don't.

The definition indicates that ammunition in the magazine OR in the chamber qualifies as a "loaded weapon."

You list Loaded weapons AND weapons with a round chambered. That makes your list, like your agency, redundant. If there is a round in the Chamber is it 'loaded' so you don't need two columns. Why don't you use that extra column that we just freed up to list which machines found the firearms. That information would be much more helpful to have.

Submitted by West Cooper on

A revolver with a round in it is considered loaded - regardless of the position of the cylinder.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by West Cooper on

As far as I know, none of the reported items were TSA Employees.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by West Cooper on

The deterrent effect of TSA has been an integral part of our overall security strategy since the beginning. As with any large scale security program, deterrence is one of the goals - if people are not trying to bring things in, then it makes it easier to find the ones that do. There are parts of TSA that are in the prevention business, but they do not necessarily get the press that we TSOs do. There are intelligence Officers, devlopmental programs that work with secuirty experts domestically as well as internationally in order to work on better ways to apply security. You may not get to see much of that work, or information on that work, but it is being done as we speak, all around the globe - all designed to make the security application by DHS/TSA better. As always, there is room for improvement, and we are also seeking ways to get better at all things that we do.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

".... As always, there is room for improvement, and we are also seeking ways to get better at all things that we do."

And the only improvement you are Constitutionally authorized to do is to disband.

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Clerk West, the TSA doesn't have any deterrent effect. All it does is hold up the line, presenting a more concentrated target for anybody who wants to attack the checkpoint. It's a deterrent to bringing water on board aircraft, but that doesn't make the aircraft safe. And while the clerks are all standing around thinking about whether peanut butter is a gel or not, passengers bring 19 guns on board for every one gun caught by a clerk. And a concerted terrorist attack would actually try to hide their weapons and get them all on board with no problem

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Mon, 2017-12-25 13:20
A revolver with a round in it is considered loaded - regardless of the position of the cylinder.

TSA Blog Team

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How about the TSA screener that packed a gun in his lunch bag a few weeks back. Not one word about that on the TSA Blog. Are you saying that you didn't hear about that incident?

Submitted by West Cooper on

I never said that I had not heard of the incident, however, I simply have no information to publish on it.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Wed, 2017-12-27 08:56
I never said that I had not heard of the incident, however, I simply have no information to publish on it.

TSA Blog Team
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And that weapon wasn't listed in the weapons list that week, once again demonstrating the lack of honesty and integrity on the part of TSA and the TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Max Yost on

Why don't you go find out?

Submitted by West Cooper on

Some folks state that they forgot, or someone else placed something in their bag without their knowledge. Some folks admit to trying to bring something through, for both nefarious purposes and for lack of knowledge. After so many years of working in security, I have long since ceased to be amazed at some of the reasoning we hear! Luckily, I do not hear of repeat offenders very often, so it appears that most people caught with firearms do actually learn from the experience...

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Clerk West, of course you don't see the same person coming through with a firearm a second time - first, people bringing firearms through is very rare, second, 19 firearms make it through for every one that is caught. A casual flier carrying a firearm on every flight is going to get caught what, maybe once every 3 or 4 years? And that's without any attempt at concealment - like putting a water bottle or jar of peanut butter on top of a box that says "Caution - loaded gun inside box" so that the clerk will get distracted by the liquid or "gel" and forget about what might be in the box.