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TSA Week in Review: February 26th - March 4th

Friday, March 09, 2018
TSA discovered 82 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 82 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 82 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 82 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,066 per violation per person for prohibited items violations and violations of other TSA regulations. Repeat violations will result in higher penalties. 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.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, SMF, SAN, ELP, STL, LAX, DEN, DEN, GPT and BOI.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, SMF, SAN, ELP, STL, LAX, DEN, DEN, GPT and BOI. While these items are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage. However, familiarize yourself with local laws as concealed weapons and martial arts weapons are illegal in parts of the U.S.

TSA discovered 82 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 82 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered. 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.

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, 2016 and 2017.

And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds videos for 2016 & 2017.

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Comments

Submitted by Fz 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

Weekly summary was pretty thin this week. You guys getting lazy? No live replica's to report?

And why does caliber, make or model of a firearm matter? Isn't that just wasted effort that adds nothing of significance to the stats?

I be more interested knwoing how many 84 year old Holocaust survivors TSA managed to violate during the week, or how many children TSA screeners felt up during screening. Or for once an accounting of TSA actually identifying a terrorists. Gosh, for $8,000,000,000.00 dollars each year surely TSA has found at least one terrorist.

I'd even settle for an explanation of how LGA's that are so dangerous they can't fly are safe enough to toss in common rubbish bins right at the TSA check points. Even better, how does TSA screen each and every single LGA item that is sold in shops on the sterile side of security and why can't that be done for LGA's carried by passengers.

I maintain that the TSA criminal enterprise is a worthless security agency that does almost nothing to make air travel safer for passengers.

Submitted by Joe on

But how many were licensed to carry a gun in the States of travel, or like me can carry per federal law? What is your procedure for those situations?

Submitted by Max101 on

Curious why you no longer report on the drug busts you make at checkpoints? Having been in the federal government for the last 40 years, I can guarantee that drug busts are a BIG deal during budget season in DC.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

I have read this past week of a passenger confined to a wheelchair dependent on oxygen who was sexually assaulted by TSA as well as 2 children, a 14 year old female and a 13 year old male. I wonder what kind of emotional reactions all might have in the coming days after being assaulted.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Susan Richart on Mon, 2018-03-12 08:40
I have read this past week of a passenger confined to a wheelchair dependent on oxygen who was sexually assaulted by TSA as well as 2 children, a 14 year old female and a 13 year old male. I wonder what kind of emotional reactions all might have in the coming days after being assaulted.

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Just another day for the reprobates of TSA.

Submitted by Cindy M on

Susan Richart- can you post links?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Still wondering why caliber, make, or model make any difference as to what firearms you found this week. Or any week.

It is interesting data, but only because I like seeing what other people are carrying. It isn't useful data, just interesting.

Submitted by ZF on

Nice cut & paste.

Submitted by John on

If you're authorized to carry a firearm on board; you should have taken the required flying armed training and know the proper procedure.

Submitted by Steve on

TSA does not engage in drug busts. Suspected drugs are handed over to Law Enforcement to handle.

Submitted by John on

Fake news.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

West, has TSA changed rules to now allow screeners to require passengers to lift items of clothing so parts of the body can be visually inspected or contact made with skin?

Also, the "Reply" function does not work.

Submitted by BOS Patrick on

Because looking for drugs is not part of the TSA mission. We're limited to looking for weapons, explosives and incendiaries. Potential narcotics are referred to local law enforcement for final resolution.

Submitted by BRR on

Guns at the checkpoint are prohibited for any passenger, no matter if they are CC. TSA will call the local LEO's, and they decide whether you face local charges, and you may be fined by TSA as well.

Submitted by Paul on

What is the average number of guns found every week?

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA, you keep us safer. You have a hard, thankless job, and most of us are grateful when we actually stop to think about being on a plane with the kind of idiot who would bring a loaded weapon on board.

Thank you.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Susan Richart- can you post links?"

Cindy, links to what?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Replying to Anonymous who wrote: "TSA, you keep us safer. You have a hard, thankless job, and most of us are grateful when we actually stop to think about being on a plane with the kind of idiot who would bring a loaded weapon on board."

The U.S. “doesn't have a system to provide air security. It has a system to bother people.”
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-schindler-tsa-20150605-story....

The illusion of security doesn’t actually make anyone safer, and it’s more aptly called a false sense of security.” https://tinyurl.com/ydegeq22

Submitted by Cindy M on

Susan Richart- Limks to these incidents. "I have read this past week of a passenger confined to a wheelchair dependent on oxygen who was sexually assaulted by TSA as well as 2 children, a 14 year old female and a 13 year old male. I wonder what kind of emotional reactions all might have in the coming days after being assaulted."

Submitted by Wondering on

Crickets. As expected.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The usual list of firearms is missing?

Submitted by SJones on

The usual list of firearms is missing from this report, and from the reports earlier in the year.