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TSA Week in Review - April 23rd - 29th: 94 Firearms Discovered In Carry-On Bags

Saturday, May 05, 2018
TSA discovered 94 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 94 firearms discovered, 78 were loaded and 34 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 94 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 94 firearms discovered, 78 were loaded and 34 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.

This knife was discovered at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Wash, rinse, and do not repeat. Concealed knives such as this one can lead to fines or even arrest. All knives, no matter how small, are not allowed to be taken onto the cabin of the aircraft. This knife was discovered at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at SAN, CHS, BNA, LAS, BUR, and EWR.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at SAN, CHS, BNA, LAS, BUR, and EWR. 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 94 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 94 firearms discovered, 78 were loaded and 34 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 SSSS For Some Reason on

"..From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags "

The caption below a picture of some knives. All of which have blade lengths in the three to four inch range, maybe less because not all of them are pictured against anything for scale.

What makes this picture, and the resulting voluntarily surrendering them from their owners, is that you can carry scissors on the aircraft and that is simply two knives pinned together on a hinge. You can also carry knitting needles, which don't have a sharp edge but do have a pointy bit on the end. And there is no limit on the size of the knitting needles.

It's funny that the TSA makes claims that they have to keep the skies safe but then demonstrates that they have no idea how to actually do that. It's like they have never watched a spy movie. Ever. Or that show MacGuyver from back in the day, the one where he fixes a nuclear reactor with a chocolate bar and some packing tape.

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

The weekly newsletter containing the award wins surely inflated some self images IMO while the text gives me grave concerns as a member of the traveling public (and pays the fees on the airline ticket)

The contradiction on the subject of the lobster being permitted to fly as carryon; PERMITTED. Yet the next time a child brings a fish in a bag of water, how is the fish to breath when TSA removes the H2O ? Legit guestion, no? False sense of acceptable, yes?

As for the humor of butter going along with the crustration, this too goes into the category of Peanut Butter (not a liquid but by TSA standards, belongs with C4 soft exposive)

Skipping the good work TSA does (I haven't be diverted to Cuba yet. LOL), and the valid warnings to the traveling public, I do inquire about the value received when I read every week another 70 people never knew guns were not allowed on airplanes. This blog is certainly a showcase but I am not seeing any improvement.

Dragging out this point, can anyone imagine someday reading the blog "no guns were found"? That would be like hearing "no crimes committed - less police to be employed."

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Under what authority does TSA block citizens from taxpayer funded TSA social media sites such as @AskTSA and @TSA?

Yes, this is a question that has been asked and ignored.

Submitted by Nh 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

TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

Yet in just that last couple of weeks there was a TSA SUPERVISOR that was found to be a fan of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. I'm sure this TSA SUPERVISOR never did a pat down on a child, and if you believe that I have some land to sell a 100 miles east of Norfolk.

Then there was a murder inside the secure area of an airport and the weapon was a BOX CUTTER, an item that is prohibited beyond TSA CHECKPOINTS except airport workers aren't screened and can bring in any kind of weapon they like including IED's. And these people have direct unsupervised access to airplanes that you and I may fly on.

If that is TSA's idea of keeping me safe then I want no part of it. TSA's leadership should be charged for dereliction of duties!

Submitted by Nocaps on

TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

Yet in just that last couple of weeks there was a TSA SUPERVISOR that was found to be a fan of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. I'm sure this TSA SUPERVISOR never did a pat down on a child, and if you believe that I have some land to sell a 100 miles east of Norfolk.

Then there was a murder inside the secure area of an airport and the weapon was a BOX CUTTER, an item that is prohibited beyond TSA CHECKPOINTS except airport workers aren't screened and can bring in any kind of weapon they like including IED's. And these people have direct unsupervised access to airplanes that you and I may fly on.

If that is TSA's idea of keeping me safe then I want no part of it. TSA's leadership should be charged for dereliction of duties!

you cant have it both ways rburns, one blog you say that its dumb that tsa doesn't allow small knives and blades and here you say that its at fault for allowing them. you agenda gives you away and makes you contradict yourself.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Nocaps on Sun, 2018-05-20 04:30
TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

Yet in just that last couple of weeks there was a TSA SUPERVISOR that was found to be a fan of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. I'm sure this TSA SUPERVISOR never did a pat down on a child, and if you believe that I have some land to sell a 100 miles east of Norfolk.

Then there was a murder inside the secure area of an airport and the weapon was a BOX CUTTER, an item that is prohibited beyond TSA CHECKPOINTS except airport workers aren't screened and can bring in any kind of weapon they like including IED's. And these people have direct unsupervised access to airplanes that you and I may fly on.

If that is TSA's idea of keeping me safe then I want no part of it. TSA's leadership should be charged for dereliction of duties!

you cant have it both ways rburns, one blog you say that its dumb that tsa doesn't allow small knives and blades and here you say that its at fault for allowing them. you agenda gives you away and makes you contradict yourself.

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Big difference in a small knife and the box cutter murder weapon.

Submitted by CAPS on

No, Caps, the point is that the TSA is using different rules, which allowed this to happen. If the workers were screened to the same level the public is, the murder would not have been possible with that specific weapon (though I suspect another, which is also allowed on airplanes, could, and likely would, have been used instead)