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TSA Week in Review: April 2nd - 8th

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
TSA discovered 72 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 72 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 30 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 left, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at SAN, IAH, BNA, CMH, BOI, SAN, IAH, PVD, LAS, SAN, SAN, DEN and HNL.

Clockwise from the top left, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at SAN, IAH, BNA, CMH, BOI, SAN, IAH, PVD, LAS, SAN, SAN, DEN and HNL. 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 72 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 72 firearms discovered, 64 were loaded and 30 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.

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Comments

Submitted by Ke 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 Susan Richart on

Here's something else, in addition to confiscations, that TSA says doesn't happen and yet we know does:

"There is no policy that requires travelers to remove food from their carry-on bags, and there are no changes to what food items can be brought through an airport security checkpoint," stated the TSA representative. "TSA officers may request that food and other items be removed to facilitate the screening process by helping to declutter carry-on bags. This enables TSA officers to obtain clearer x-ray images of the bag."

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/04/11/tsa-denies-claim-that-are-rando...

If there is no policy, why is TSA swabbing snacks like Jordan almonds?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DD1tyC2VYAQVVSX.jpg

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

I noticed in your grid display of the firearms found that it looks like about an even split between .380 and 9 mm.

While that is interesting to someone who is interested in firearms, I find the display of that information to be completely extraneous to your mission. Makes me wonder how much more security you could be providing passengers if you didn't waste your time collecting useless bits of data and instead spent more time actually working in your security lanes.

Submitted by RB on

Bobbie, seems like you missed a notable event in TSA's weekly events. Don't these kinds of things deserve being addressed by TSA. It is about keeping citizens safe right?

Just more proof of how big a slimeball agency TSA really is!

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-tsa-worker-child-sex-ca...

*****************TSA worker arrested after feds say he showed up for sex with 11-year-old girl*****************

"A TSA worker based at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport is jailed on federal allegations he showed up at a Plantation park expecting to have sex with an 11-year-old family friend who he had been sending inappropriate texts and pornography."

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) is the same airport where a TSA screener attempted to steal from my wife's purse and the FSD refused to take any action.

Time to drain the TSA Swamp!

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Thu, 2018-04-12 22:19
I noticed in your grid display of the firearms found that it looks like about an even split between .380 and 9 mm.

While that is interesting to someone who is interested in firearms, I find the display of that information to be completely extraneous to your mission. Makes me wonder how much more security you could be providing passengers if you didn't waste your time collecting useless bits of data and instead spent more time actually working in your security lanes.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Thu, 2018-04-12 22:19
I noticed in your grid display of the firearms found that it looks like about an even split between .380 and 9 mm.

While that is interesting to someone who is interested in firearms, I find the display of that information to be completely extraneous to your mission. Makes me wonder how much more security you could be providing passengers if you didn't waste your time collecting useless bits of data and instead spent more time actually working in your security lanes..........................
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TSA only provides "Security Theater"!

Submitted by Seriously? on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Thu, 2018-04-12 22:19

I noticed in your grid display of the firearms found that it looks like about an even split between .380 and 9 mm.

While that is interesting to someone who is interested in firearms, I find the display of that information to be completely extraneous to your mission. Makes me wonder how much more security you could be providing passengers if you didn't waste your time collecting useless bits of data and instead spent more time actually working in your security lanes.
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If you were "...truly interested in firearms..." and in fact had a knowledge of them, you would realize that this info is collected by Law Enforcement and then given to TSA in a report. TSA does not handle firearms found at the checkpoint, but instead (as has been stated many, many times) notifies law enforcement.

Submitted by Stretching on

He was only employed in November of '16 and as such is still on probation. This crime only occurred in February of this year and TSA has already taken steps to remove him. In order for TSA to work any faster at "draining the swamp", they would have had to read his mind. This is a stretch even for you.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Here's something else, in addition to confiscations, that TSA says doesn't happen and yet we know does:

"There is no policy that requires travelers to remove food from their carry-on bags, and there are no changes to what food items can be brought through an airport security checkpoint," stated the TSA representative. "TSA officers may request that food and other items be removed to facilitate the screening process by helping to declutter carry-on bags. This enables TSA officers to obtain clearer x-ray images of the bag."

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/04/11/tsa-denies-claim-that-are-rando...

If there is no policy, why is TSA swabbing snacks like Jordan almonds?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DD1tyC2VYAQVVSX.jpg"

Well, well, well, what do you know. TSA has now declared that screening snacks IS, in fact, a policy:

"For weeks, the agency has denied that this was part of a new policy. But flyers from San Francisco to Newark to Lihue relayed that they had been required to remove food from carry ons to be screened separately.

Well, the TSA has finally acknowledged that this is part of some enhanced security measures for carry-on luggage at airports. In a release issued last week, the agency said it dovetails with a new directive on electronics that began last summer."

https://thriftytraveler.com/tsa-snacks-remove-security/

I guess TSA is taking its cues from the WH.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by Seriously? on Mon, 2018-04-16 17:04

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If you were "...truly interested in firearms..." and in fact had a knowledge of them, you would realize that this info is collected by Law Enforcement and then given to TSA in a report. TSA does not handle firearms found at the checkpoint, but instead (as has been stated many, many times) notifies law enforcement."

No, you're incorrect. TSA has taken this information and assembled it into a table. Do you really think that multiple individual law enforcement agencies came together to compile this information into one table and then passed it on to the TSA? This is pure propaganda from TSA in order to justify this so-called "blog".

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Susan Richart on Thu, 2018-04-12 16:36
Here's something else, in addition to confiscations, that TSA says doesn't happen and yet we know does:

"There is no policy that requires travelers to remove food from their carry-on bags, and there are no changes to what food items can be brought through an airport security checkpoint," stated the TSA representative. "TSA officers may request that food and other items be removed to facilitate the screening process by helping to declutter carry-on bags. This enables TSA officers to obtain clearer x-ray images of the bag."

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/04/11/tsa-denies-claim-that-are-rando...

If there is no policy, why is TSA swabbing snacks like Jordan almonds?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DD1tyC2VYAQVVSX.jpg
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As was pointed out on another website TSA has once again lied about the screening of snacks. While I don't find TSA's dishonesty surprising I suspect many people would expect a higher ethical standard from the so-called Transportation Security Agency. I think it is safe to say that when any person or group of people have proven beyond a doubt that they have ZERO INTEGRITY it is no longer prudent to believe anything stated by that organization and that is exactly where we find ourselves in relation to TSA.

TSA the organization lies, TSA employees lie, and nothing from TSA or any of its people can be relied upon to be truthful.

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https://thriftytraveler.com/tsa-snacks-remove-security/

"TSA Finally Confirms it May Ask to Remove Snacks at Security"

"For weeks, the agency has denied that this was part of a new policy. But flyers from San Francisco to Newark to Lihue relayed that they had been required to remove food from carry ons to be screened separately.

Well, the TSA has finally acknowledged that this is part of some enhanced security measures for carry-on luggage at airports. In a release issued last week, the agency said it dovetails with a new directive on electronics that began last summer."

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These are the people who supposedly are providing for our security before traveling by airline. Yet the agency is so dishonest that we can't believe them when their lips move. How does that move the safety ball forward? Is there any reason that the public should trust or respect TSA employees? Seriously, who respects liars?

My personal opinion is that TSA has been and continues to be so broken that there is no path forward that can fix the overwhelming issues created internally by TSA. It's time to toss out the trash and start over.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Stretching on Mon, 2018-04-16 17:09
He was only employed in November of '16 and as such is still on probation. This crime only occurred in February of this year and TSA has already taken steps to remove him. In order for TSA to work any faster at "draining the swamp", they would have had to read his mind. This is a stretch even for you.
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Was he an employee of TSA? Had his employment background check been completed? Was he working at a TSA screening checkpoint?

If "no" is the answer to all questions then I would cut TSA some slack. The problem is that TSA, over the years, has had numerous perverts, rapists, thieves, drug dealers, and all other manner of criminal that the public cannot trust any TSA employee.

TSA claims to have high standards but the facts shows that TSA has the lowest standards found in government.

Submitted by Seriously on

So, you re saying TSA leaves control of the weapon (you know... one of the things they're actually supposed to look for) in control of the passenger until law enforcement shows up? Somehow I doubt that's the case (and I'm pretty sure West has said otherwise)

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

ubmitted by Seriously? ...If you were "...truly interested in firearms..." and in fact had a knowledge of them, you would realize that this info is collected by Law Enforcement and then given to TSA in a report.

Still doesn't' answer the question about what does caliber have to do with the primary mission of the TSA. The fact that the firearm was chambered in .380 versus 9 mm means what, exactly, to the search for weapons, explosives, or incendiary devices?

Submitted by Fred Ott on

Thursday April 19 american airlines terminal gate d-5 miami dade airport. I saw unaccompanied bags no one even close. I went to gate d-5 desk was rebuffed by three american empolyees plus serveral other airport workers when I told of the bags being unattended, stating it was not their job. I asked for the name of the american employee at the desk she replyed Lulu. Iwalked back looking for any security personnel to the center of the hub finding not one. as I walked away Lulu yelled" Lulu is taking care of it". She made an announcement about unattended bags will be confiscated. That was it, the bags sat there by themselves for 15-20 minutes. No calls to security, no more announcements, not my job attitude. What happened to see something say something?? hopefully there were undercover tsa agents around, but they are useless unless notified of a problem. american airlines response was worrisome at best, lack of uniformed security also a problem. I felt like I was in a third world country. please look into this lack of security protocols as it puts everyone in danger.

Submitted by Not West on

I see you're back to censoring comments that follow guidelines, West, while allowing attacks on detractors by TSA supporters, in violation of policy.

Submitted by Cindy M on

Mr Cooper & Mr Burns, Please let me know if my comments and questions that use correct anatomical terms for the areas of my body that TSA touches during patdowns are now disallowed in this forum. I'll try to come up with some euphemisms that don't offend you. Thank you.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by Cindy M on Sat, 2018-04-21 07:20
Mr Cooper & Mr Burns, Please let me know if my comments and questions that use correct anatomical terms for the areas of my body that TSA touches during patdowns are now disallowed in this forum. I'll try to come up with some euphemisms that don't offend you. Thank you.Submitted by Cindy M on Sat, 2018-04-21 07:20"

Cindy, file a complaint with the DHS IG about this: https://hotline.oig.dhs.gov/hotline/hotline.php

Allegation Category: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

Allegation: Other Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Obviously, it a violation of your First Amendment Rights.

Screen shot/DHS IG Statement

Submitted by Getalife on

You think the ppl compiling data are actually working in the lines?

Submitted by Getalife on

There are thousands of TSA workers... One does something terrible outside of work and you blame TSA?

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Getalife on Mon, 2018-04-23 08:36
There are thousands of TSA workers... One does something terrible outside of work and you blame TSA?
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Exactly right because TSA employees are vetted to be honest and law abiding citizens. TSA screeners get to put their hands on the genitals of men, women, and children of all ages without cause.

You're darn right I will hold TSA employees to a higher standard, a much higher standard, which TSA has failed to meet.

There are low life criminals and perverts in every line of work. TSA seems blessed with an abundance of them!

Submitted by Ihavealife on

I don't think anyone's blaming the TSA for that particular illegal act. They are blaming the TSA for repeatedly hiring people who commit illegal acts without doing adequate background checks first. They are saying the TSA is morally bankrupt and regularly hire individuals who commit illegal acts.

Submitted by Nocaps on

rburns what are your thoughts on law enforcement and the military, they have "numerous" employees that have been convicted of the same issues?

Submitted by Nocaps on

what is your definition of "an abundance"? what is your definition of "without cause"? i am sure that tsa has been taken to court numerous times over 4th amendment violation, what were the verdicts of these cases?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"... i am sure that tsa has been taken to court numerous times over 4th amendment violation,"

Nope.

Various Circuit Courts have had mixed rulings on various cases brought to the bench but there are not that many cases against the TSA. And not because there aren't that many complaints, it is actually very difficult to mount a legal challenge against the Government because the Government has to 'accept' the case being filed against them in the first place. Kinda hard to file a suit when they can just simply say Nope, not gonna happen.

Submitted by No Caps on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Fri, 2018-04-27 21:16

"... i am sure that tsa has been taken to court numerous times over 4th amendment violation,"

Nope.

Various Circuit Courts have had mixed rulings on various cases brought to the bench but there are not that many cases against the TSA. And not because there aren't that many complaints, it is actually very difficult to mount a legal challenge against the Government because the Government has to 'accept' the case being filed against them in the first place. Kinda hard to file a suit when they can just simply say Nope, not gonna happen.

conspiracy theory, got it.