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TSA Week in Review: March 26th - April 1st

Thursday, April 05, 2018
TSA discovered 64 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 52 were loaded and 13 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 64 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 52 were loaded and 13 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.

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Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ATL, LAS, BNA, BDL, BNA, CMH, SJC, DCA, DEN, and CLT.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ATL, LAS, BNA, BDL, BNA, CMH, SJC, DCA, DEN, and CLT. 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 64 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 52 were loaded and 13 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 Jd 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

This blog has become a perpetual groundhog day of comments. Time for all of us to find a more productive way to spend our time. TSA is not, and should not, ever go away. I applaud their professinslian and wish I could have joined their ranks.

Submitted by So Impersonatio... on

The comment above this one by someone pretending to be longtime commenter RB should be deleted. Shame on you, Curtis Burns and West Cooper, for your rampant unprofessionalism.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"..TSA is not, and should not, ever go away. "

I couldn't disagree more. I can think of much better, and more effective things, to spend Eight Billion Dollars on every year. The TSA needs to go away and go away soon!

Submitted by Nocaps on

that'll be the day rburns, you will never leave this blog, you already placed newer comments. even orlando doesn't want to remove tsa anymore, its a shame that tsa didn't have the previous measures in place before it came to their threats. all airports should be staffed to handle the amount of people they are required to process.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by So Impersonatio... on Sun, 2018-04-15 14:54
The comment above this one by someone pretending to be longtime commenter RB should be deleted. Shame on you, Curtis Burns and West Cooper, for your rampant unprofessionalism.

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Probably a TSA employee who is too embarrassed to use their own name or handle posting from a government computer.