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TSA Week In Review: March 5th - 11th

Saturday, March 17, 2018
TSA discovered 83 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 83 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 28 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 83 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 83 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 28 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.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, ATL, LGA, CMH, OAK, CLE, OAK and RSW.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, ATL, LGA, CMH, OAK, CLE, OAK and RSW. 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.

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.

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Comments

Submitted by Ga 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 Frances MacKinnon on

I'm happy for the security of our airports and our country. Anyone who complains doesn't need to fly. Thank you for your dedication.

Submitted by Reply To GA on

Do you think you’re “teaching them a lesson,” or “proving a point,” or “fighting the man/ big government?”  No.  You aren’t.  You’re being a toddler.
I’ve been treated “unfairly” before by TSA, but I’ve also been cut some slack because I treat these working men and women with respect. Maybe learn to do the same

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,066 per violation per person"

Up to.

There is a dearth of news stories on the internets regarding how many people you have actually fined and even less information about how much you fined them.

Just sayin.....

Submitted by Cindy M on

Ga- thank you for posting that question. I never get tired of reading it.

Submitted by GA SLAM on

Just so you know the "Naked Body Scanners" actually dont show the person's body. It shows a diagram of a human figure thats the same for every person. When an alarm goes off it just puts a red blob on the area of the diagram. This does not show any private areas or sensitive areas of a person. The now when it comes to radiation your cell phone puts off more radiation than the techonology does.

Submitted by John on

*crickets...

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by GA SLAM on Fri, 2018-03-30 12:25
Just so you know the "Naked Body Scanners" actually dont show the person's body. It shows a diagram of a human figure thats the same for every person. When an alarm goes off it just puts a red blob on the area of the diagram. This does not show any private areas or sensitive areas of a person. The now when it comes to radiation your cell phone puts off more radiation than the techonology does.
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You are absolutely correct about the Gumby image display. But you left out that these machines are required to have the ability to capture and save images along with having the ability to connect to common computer networks. The image the machine can capture is not the Gumby image but the raw image data which can be recovered and viewed as a non-Gumby image.

I tend to agree that MMW Whole Body Imagers are essentially harmless but no true independent testing has ever been carried out. Even the Backscatter Whole Body Imager was never properly tested by an independent group, each test was with TSA controlled equipment and conditions.

Had TSA been honest about these devices from the beginning instead of flat out lying and misrepresenting the WHI capabilityes this discussion would likely not even be taking place 10 years after introduction of these devices. But true to nature TSA lied, to the media, here on this blog, and in other forums.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"Submitted by GA SLAM on Fri... The now when it comes to radiation your cell phone puts off more radiation than the techonology does."

You know this how, exactly? Because the machines are not calibrated or tested for radiation output and TSA are not allowed to wear dosemeters so no one knows how much radiation the machines are actually generating.

And you are, of course, aware that radiation exposure is cumulative. Meaning that I am already getting whatever exposure from my cell phone AND I am now going to get it from the Nudie-Scanners. And all of that is before I get to altitude where I am going to get a bit more ADDITIONAL exposure. Seems to me like that exposure level could be reduced by some measurable amount by removing the scanners from the equation and going back to the more effective, and efficient, Walk-through-Metal-Detectors.