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TSA Week in Review - April 9th - 15th

Thursday, April 19, 2018
TSA discovered 80 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 71 were loaded and 25 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 80 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 71 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 RIC, JFK, DEN, HNL, DEN, LAS, ORD, CMH, IAH, ANC, and DTW.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at RIC, JFK, DEN, HNL, DEN, LAS, ORD, CMH, IAH, ANC, and DTW. 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 80 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 71 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.

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Comments

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Cut, paste and fill in the blanks in a macro. Real creative Bobby.

SSAD blog posting.

Submitted by Lf 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 The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Lf on Sun, 2018-04-22 16:10
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?

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The answers are not convenient for TSA so they go unanswered.

It's no surprise as this blog has not served any useful TSA purpose for some years. You'd think TSA would just shut it down but that would show another defeat for the unprofessional TSA employees who took the task on.

Submitted by William Laing on

My question is are TSA agents collecting TSA approved locks, my equipment cases are constantly missing when baggage is picked up. Maybe TSA should be held liable for missing equipment as well as locks that constantly have to be purchased. Totally unprofessional and lazy.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

You guys don't really know what you're doing, do you? You have a picture of a cute little Derringer. Your table lists is as 'Loaded" but not as 'Round Chambered'. Why? That is a break-action pistol so if it is loaded it is chambered.

Seriously... if you can't get the simple things right how are we supposed to trust you get the big things right?

Submitted by Patrick Santucci on

In your firearms table, you have the Make, Model, and Caliber headings over the wrong columns.

Submitted by RE on

I think your way of thinking is distorted. It's better to be safe than sorry. Every crack and cranny should be checked for the purpose to save lives. Yes, it may be uncomfortable with many travelers. However, I guarantee if you were in an unexpected incident in which someone snuck a weapon, and your life as well as many were in danger, you'd change your mind quick and thank TSA security procedures and applications.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Would you please stop posting pictures as if these were crime guns being taken off the streets. Each state is different, however almost all of these firearms were returned to the owner many within a few hours of discovery.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Submitted by William Laing on Mon, 2018-04-23 11:46
My question is are TSA agents collecting TSA approved locks, my equipment cases are constantly missing when baggage is picked up. Maybe TSA should be held liable for missing equipment as well as locks that constantly have to be purchased. Totally unprofessional and lazy.

TSA's response to your concern: “Pls be advised, we aren't liable for any damaged or missing locks on checked bags.” TSA takes responsibility for NOTHING.

Submitted by Nope on

"It's better to be safe than sorry."

If anything TSA did made anyone safer, you might have a point. But TSA admits that its screenings are pointless. They tell us liquids are dangerous, then dump them in garbage cans from Home Depot. They claim shoes are dangerous, but let you buy your way out of taking your shoes off, and let you leave them on if you're under or over certain ages. They claim their body scanners are necessary, but try to get people to buy PreCheck so they can avoid the scanners, and routinely let people without PreCheck into PreCheck, or have dogs sniff people so they don't have to use the scanners, and any time there's a whiff of an organized protest against the scanners, they just take them offline that day and have everybody use metal detectors.

TSA is a waste of time and money. It's a joke that would be funny if it weren't so sick.

Submitted by RE? on

Do not presume to speak for others, RE. I am not and will never be okay with TSAs policies and procedures, regardless of how personality impacted by terrorism I may be. I refuse to give up my liberties and live in fear because that is, presumably, what the terrorists want. The TSAs very existence gives them what they want.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by William Laing on Mon, 2018-04-23 11:46
My question is are TSA agents collecting TSA approved locks, my equipment cases are constantly missing when baggage is picked up. Maybe TSA should be held liable for missing equipment as well as locks that constantly have to be purchased. Totally unprofessional and lazy.

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Your locks are missing because the "professional" cadre of TSA screeners can't handle key control so must resort to cutting your TSA Approved locks off your baggage.

Submitted by Nocaps on

tsa's job is to make sure wei do not make it onto planes, this blog shows the wei that were stopped in the performance of its job. tsa also includes replicas of wei as being prohibited. it is often asked why, i am curious as to if the airline industry had a say in this, like when tsa wanted to allow small knives and other current items that aren't allowed. at one time tsa attempted to go back to pre-9/11 security in some aspects but the airline industry said no.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by Nocaps on Thu, 2018-04-26 04:31
tsa's job is to make sure wei do not make it onto planes, this blog shows the wei that were stopped in the performance of its job. tsa also includes replicas of wei as being prohibited. it is often asked why, i am curious as to if the airline industry had a say in this, like when tsa wanted to allow small knives and other current items that aren't allowed. at one time tsa attempted to go back to pre-9/11 security in some aspects but the airline industry said no.

Not smart enough to operate a shift key? Do you use Oxford comma's?

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Mon, 2018-04-23 16:25
You guys don't really know what you're doing, do you? You have a picture of a cute little Derringer. Your table lists is as 'Loaded" but not as 'Round Chambered'. Why? That is a break-action pistol so if it is loaded it is chambered.

Seriously... if you can't get the simple things right how are we supposed to trust you get the big things right?
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TSA gets nothing right. No surprise on your observation.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

RE said... "....However, I guarantee if you were in an unexpected incident in which someone snuck a weapon, and your life as well as many were in danger, you'd change your mind quick and thank TSA security procedures and applications."

If the TSA was actually doing their job then when would there ever be an 'unexpected incident?" It sounds like even you don't have faith in the very same people you are encouraging to check every nook and cranny just to be safe.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Nocaps said "... to go back to pre-9/11 security in some aspects but the airline industry said no."

Can you blame them? Right now they get all the benefits but none of the risk. When a terrorist gets by the screeners and blows up a plane the airlines get to blame the TSA for not doing their job. They will probably pass the bill along to the TSA as well. And they don't have to take the PR hit because they can blame the TSA. It's a sweet set-up so I don't blame them for wanting to keep the arrangement.

Submitted by Ncaps on

this comment was allowed when so many are not? how does this comment add to the tsa blog? to the blogger this is all you got?