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TSA Week in Review: April 16th - 22nd

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TSA discovered 79 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 79 firearms discovered, 70 were loaded and 31 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 79 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 79 firearms discovered, 70 were loaded and 31 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.

The inert grenade pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

We don’t know if replica or inert items are live until our explosives professionals take a closer look and eventually open the bag. That takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Real, inert, or anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. The inert grenade pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at JFK, DTW, SJC, DEN, JFK, ATL, ABQ, ROC, and DEN.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at JFK, DTW, SJC, DEN, JFK, ATL, ABQ, ROC, and DEN. 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 79 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 79 firearms discovered, 70 were loaded and 31 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 Greg on

Thank you TSA.

Submitted by MG 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 Dan on

You have the Make, Model, and Caliber in the wrong columns. Nice to see you added that info!

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"... The inert grenade pictured above"

Did the Explosives Team determine that it was inert?

And once it was determined to be inert was it allowed to fly? If not, why not?

Submitted by REB on

Hey guys, fix your gun statistics (Make, model, caliber) so the trolls on the site have 1 less thing to gripe about.

Submitted by Melinda Carrington on

TSA in GSO (Greensboro, NC) are one of the worse. I was touch in private places, hand down my pants when the scanner showed something in my back pocket. There was no reason to put hands down my pants in front & lifting the front of my shirt. I complain there were touching where they should not. running hands up & down the inner thigh then at top of my thigh they swept their hand across my vagina. Why i complained then they got rough with me. I asked a male TSA how would you feel if she put her hands in the private place. He walked away. Someone from TSA went into my purse without my knowledge ti take out my cell phone. I get a form letter from TSA thats ok we have to pat down people the way we see fit. I would anyone to stay away from Greensboro Airport. Fly out of Raleigh. I have patted down at other Airports never been violated.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Since my first response to Greg was illegally censored because I pointed out how TSA has employed many undesirables over the years I was happily surprised that another an upstanding, highly trained, TSA security professional steps up to prove my point. That point being that the public cannot trust TSA or its employees ever.

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"TSA supervisor had cache of child porn at home, documents say"

"A Transportation Security Agency supervisor at Sea-Tac Airport kept a cache of child pornography on his home computer, Pierce County prosecutors say."

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Just another perfect example of the caliber of TSA employees.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by REB on Sat, 2018-04-28 08:44
Hey guys, fix your gun statistics (Make, model, caliber) so the trolls on the site have 1 less thing to gripe about."

It's just one more example of how TSA can't do much right. :-)

Submitted by Response To MG on

You literally have nothing better to do than checking in on the TSA blog EVERY WEEK to post the same thing?

Submitted by Cindy M on

Thank you for posting this comment. I never get tired of reading it. As someone who has been forced to submit to unwanted groping by TSA, I am appalled that Mr Burns and Mr Cooper refuse to address the problem of false scanner alerts. As to the shiny objects displayed here, they really bore me. If the failure rate is 80 percent, then this is only the tip of the iceberg. Yet we do not read any reports of travelers actually using these items on airliners. What we do see is TSA touching children and adult passengers who have not hidden anything in their bras or underpants. Perhaps we will reach critical mass soon and Congress will look int these sex assaults. There, gentlemen, I got through the entire comment without embarrassing anyone with the correct terms for the anatomy lingered over by TSA's blue gloves.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"..You literally have nothing better to do than checking in on the TSA blog EVERY WEEK to post the same thing?"

You're one to talk since you don't seem to have anything better to do than to notice they are here every week not getting their questions answered.

Just sayin...

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Response To MG on Tue, 2018-05-01 04:18
You literally have nothing better to do than checking in on the TSA blog EVERY WEEK to post the same thing?
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What concern of how other people use their time is it of yours? Seems you have enough time to read comments here and whine about what others have to say. I realize that TSA screeners really have no future seeing as how they have reached their maximum potential and can't even do those simple jobs well.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

TSA gropes the genitals of men, women, and children looking for WEI which includes knives yet airport workers have free access, almost no chance of screening, and can carry in almost any kind of weapon they wish.

Why is it that TSA claims to protect air travelers when the reality is that TSA doesn't even come close to meeting its obligations to the public?

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/05/03/philadelphia-international-a...

"Police say a fight in a break room on the tarmac between three Worldwide Flight Services employees, who are contracted by Frontier Airlines to clean planes, led to the fatal stabbing."

"Police say a 35-year-old man stabbed his 28-year-old co-worker in the stomach, most likely with a box cutter."

Box cutter!! The exact same weapon that was used on 9/11 to take over the aircraft that day and here 17 years later the exact same weapon is in the secure area of this airport.

Exactly what does the public get from the $8,000,000,000.00 taxpayer dollars that TSA gets each year?

TSA's answer to date: "It's too hard."

Submitted by Susan Richart on

I guess this didn't happen at your checkpoint when you were on duty, West - or did it?

"Submitted by Melinda Carrington on Sun, 2018-04-29 18:46
TSA in GSO (Greensboro, NC) are one of the worse. I was touch in private places, hand down my pants when the scanner showed something in my back pocket. There was no reason to put hands down my pants in front & lifting the front of my shirt. I complain there were touching where they should not. running hands up & down the inner thigh then at top of my thigh they swept their hand across my vagina. Why i complained then they got rough with me. I asked a male TSA how would you feel if she put her hands in the private place. He walked away. Someone from TSA went into my purse without my knowledge ti take out my cell phone. I get a form letter from TSA thats ok we have to pat down people the way we see fit. I would anyone to stay away from Greensboro Airport. Fly out of Raleigh. I have patted down at other Airports never been violated."

Submitted by West Cooper on

Susan sez - "I guess this didn't happen at your checkpoint when you were on duty, West - or did it?"

Nope. The comment submission is the only thing I have seen or heard like this.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by West Cooper on Thu, 2018-05-10 08:11
Susan sez - "I guess this didn't happen at your checkpoint when you were on duty, West - or did it?"
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Nope. The comment submission is the only thing I have seen or heard like this.

TSA Blog Team
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Why do I have a mental picture of 3 monkeys, one that can't hear, one that can't speak, and one that can't see?

Submitted by West Cooper on

The Original "RB" sez - "Why do I have a mental picture of 3 monkeys, one that can't hear, one that can't speak, and one that can't see?"

I have long given up trying to interpret other peoples mental images.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Mon, 2018-05-14 11:12
The Original "RB" sez - "Why do I have a mental picture of 3 monkeys, one that can't hear, one that can't speak, and one that can't see?"

I have long given up trying to interpret other peoples mental images.

TSA Blog Team

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What I find odd is that West or any others can address serious questions but have plenty of time to take personal shots at posters.

Real TSA professionals!