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TSA Week In Review - Apr 30th - May 6th - Record 26 Firearms Discovered in One Day

Thursday, May 10, 2018
TSA discovered 90 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 90 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 35 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 90 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 90 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 35 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.

Record 26 firearms discovered on May 3rd.

TSA officers set a record on May 3rd, for the most firearms discovered in carry-on bags in one day. 26 firearms were discovered at 15 airports. 21 of the firearms were loaded.

The ammunition pictured here was packed in a carry-on bag at the Boise Airport (BOI).

If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. The ammunition pictured here was packed in a carry-on bag at the Boise Airport (BOI). You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

The inert grenades pictured here were discovered in a checked bag at the Denver International Airport (DEN).

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 grenades pictured here were discovered in a checked bag at the Denver International Airport (DEN).

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, BNA, BOI, PDX, PIT, ABQ, SAN, BNA and DTW.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, BNA, BOI, PDX, PIT, ABQ, SAN, BNA 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.

Firearms SpreadsheetCheckpoint 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 Oi 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 Jcjohnson on

I still can't believe that the TSA will not allow small swiss-army pocket knives, especially those with a blade less than 1.5 inches long, onto aircraft. When will they ever allow smaller blades and/or scissors?

Submitted by RB on

Guess knowing what a caliber, make and model is just too hard for TSA. Or maybe its just the proof reading that's lacking.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Jcjohnson on Fri, 2018-05-11 15:00
I still can't believe that the TSA will not allow small swiss-army pocket knives, especially those with a blade less than 1.5 inches long, onto aircraft. When will they ever allow smaller blades and/or scissors?
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Does demonstrate the idiocy of TSA. Sharp pointed 4 inch, from the hinge scissors, are just fine but a tiny pen knife is verbotten. Wouldn't you think that TSA's security professionals could figure it out?

Submitted by V Edwards on

What I want to know is how many of those idiots were fined. I own several firearms and have a concealed carry permit, and ALWAYS know when I have a weapon in my possession. I don't believe they forget. I believe they're trying to take a gun with them to their destination and aren't worried about getting caught.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"I still can't believe that the TSA will not allow small swiss-army pocket knives, especially those with a blade less than 1.5 inches long, onto aircraft. When will they ever allow smaller blades and/or scissors?"

They do allow scissors. Scissors with less than 4" blades, in effect 2 4" knives.

"Scissors
Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions)
Checked Bags: Yes
If packed in carry-on, they must be less than 4 inches from the pivot point."

The also allow knitting needles which while they aren't particularly sharp, could do a good job of puncturing a carotid artery. Circular knitting needles are allowed which could serve as a garrote.

All proof that TSA is just a show.

Submitted by West Cooper on

Jcjohnson sez - "I still can't believe that the TSA will not allow small swiss-army pocket knives, especially those with a blade less than 1.5 inches long, onto aircraft. When will they ever allow smaller blades and/or scissors?"

Scissors that have blades 4" or smaller from the fulcrum to the tip are currently allowed on in carryon.

TSA tried to change the pocket knife rules a few years ago, and there was a great deal of negative feedback, so they cancelled the change. An article detailing some of the opposition, and the fact that former Administrator Pistole dropped the proposed change can be found here.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by West Cooper on

RB sez - "Guess knowing what a caliber, make and model is just too hard for TSA. Or maybe its just the proof reading that's lacking."

Orrrrrr, like indicated by Bob before, the list is pulled from a preliminary reporting system that has not fully updated by the time of publication. Sometimes we have to roll with incomplete lists - we know that a frearm was discovered in carryon at airport "A", but we do not have the caliber, make or model.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Clerk V Edwards, of course they aren't worried about getting caught - you and your fellow TSA clerks are so intent on looking for water that you miss 95% of all hazardous items.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by West Cooper on Mon, 2018-05-14 11:04
Jcjohnson sez - "I still can't believe that the TSA will not allow small swiss-army pocket knives, especially those with a blade less than 1.5 inches long, onto aircraft. When will they ever allow smaller blades and/or scissors?"

Scissors that have blades 4" or smaller from the fulcrum to the tip are currently allowed on in carryon.

TSA tried to change the pocket knife rules a few years ago, and there was a great deal of negative feedback, so they cancelled the change. An article detailing some of the opposition, and the fact that former Administrator Pistole dropped the proposed change can be found here.

TSA Blog Team

So TSA lets the flight attendants union dictate TSA policy? Thought it was about security.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by West Cooper on Mon, 2018-05-14 11:19
RB sez - "Guess knowing what a caliber, make and model is just too hard for TSA. Or maybe its just the proof reading that's lacking."

Orrrrrr, like indicated by Bob before, the list is pulled from a preliminary reporting system that has not fully updated by the time of publication. Sometimes we have to roll with incomplete lists - we know that a frearm was discovered in carryon at airport "A", but we do not have the caliber, make or model.

TSA Blog Team

West, look at the colomn headings.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...but we do not have the caliber, make or model."

you still haven't explained how caliber, make or model are in any way relevant data points worthy of being tracked.

Submitted by Anonymous on

We don't need knives on planes. Remember what box cutters did on 9/11 it is not necessary

Submitted by Cjmar on

Um.....you do know that those scanners don't see through clothing right?

Submitted by Cjmar462 on

You do know that was an airline call right. Not TSA

Submitted by Cjmar462 on

How quickly people forget why measures are in place in the first place. Or did we forget about the Underwear Bomber plot, Shoe Bomber plot, 9/11 attacks, liquid explosives plot, etc. All people do now is complain. Can security be a pain, yes it can. Can people go through quicker, yes they can. If they would just listen and read up what they can and cannot bring. It's embarrassing to see adults act like 5 year olds going through security while I'm waiting in line. I mean seriously, just listen and everything would go smoother. Everytime I travel, it never fails that adults complain and harrass the officers when they are just doing a job. We all got jobs. We all have to do what is asked of is from the big man above.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2018-05-16 08:50
We don't need knives on planes. Remember what box cutters did on 9/11 it is not necessary
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But sharp pointed scissors are perfectly fine. Two blades that can be 4" from the hinge.
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Submitted by Cjmar on Thu, 2018-05-17 04:30
Um.....you do know that those scanners don't see through clothing right?
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But they do. Maybe you are the one that should read up on things.
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Submitted by Cjmar462 on Thu, 2018-05-17 04:31
You do know that was an airline call right. Not TSA
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TSA sets the security standards and what is allowed through security not the airlines. TSA caved to pressure from the flight attendants union.
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Submitted by Cjmar462 on Thu, 2018-05-17 04:38
How quickly people forget why measures are in place in the first place. Or did we forget about the Underwear Bomber plot, Shoe Bomber plot, 9/11 attacks, liquid explosives plot, etc. All people do now is complain. Can security be a pain, yes it can. Can people go through quicker, yes they can. If they would just listen and read up what they can and cannot bring. It's embarrassing to see adults act like 5 year olds going through security while I'm waiting in line. I mean seriously, just listen and everything would go smoother. Everytime I travel, it never fails that adults complain and harrass the officers when they are just doing a job. We all got jobs. We all have to do what is asked of is from the big man above.
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After 9/11 cockpit doors were hardened and passengers knew that they might have to defend themselves from an attack.

liquid explosives plot'''' just that, a plot without a working plan or weapon.

Shoe Bomber plot'''''' an actual attempt with a flawed weapon and passengers did attack.

Underwear Bomber plot''''''' Another failed attempt were passengers responded accordingly.

None of these originated in the U.S. Questions remain about who helped these people gain access to the airplanes. None of them justify what TSA is doing today to destroy Personal Freedoms or Civil Rights.

The real enemy is TSA. TSA presents a greater danger to the peoples of the United States than these imaginary terrorist.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...How quickly people forget why measures are in place in the first place. Or did we forget about t"

And how easily led are some people in thinking the TSA could prevent repeats of those attacks?

The nudie-scanners wouldn't stop the next underwear bomber unless they were dumber than the first guy.

The Liquids Rule doesn't work even slightly so that's not preventing anything.

And feeling-up people's private areas isn't stopping the next terrorist attack because anything you need is allowed or already on the aircraft.

So the answer is No, we haven't forgotten the things that happened. We just simply feel that we should get some actual security for our Eight BILLION dollars that get spent every year.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Well do some research before you sound like your own idiot. Tsa attempted to allow small knives but the airline union shut it down in 2011 I believe. So there’s that. A lot more stake holders at work than just tsa.

Submitted by Nocaps on

from "original rb" on a different blog post:
"TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

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!"

so you are directly contradicting yourself, your agenda has you all over the place.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Nocaps on Sun, 2018-05-20 04:32
from "original rb" on a different blog post:
"TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

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!"

so you are directly contradicting yourself, your agenda has you all over the place.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Nocaps on Sun, 2018-05-20 04:32
from "original rb" on a different blog post:
"TSA claims to keep the public safe when flying.

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!"

so you are directly contradicting yourself, your agenda has you all over the place.

Just where is the contradiction? Airport workers aren't screened properly by TSA allowing banned items in the sterile area.

Submitted by Lol on

Leaves out 9/11 And doesn't mention how there has been 0 terrorist attacks since... still complains about tsa not providing security. The irony.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by Cjmar on Thu, 2018-05-17 04:30
Um.....you do know that those scanners don't see through clothing right?"

Of course they "see" through clothing - they'd be even more useless than they already are if they didn't do that. They can produce naked pictures of passengers but have had software added so that now all that is seen is a yellow target, normally in the groin/genital area, even when there is no contraband located in that area of the body.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...And doesn't mention how there has been 0 terrorist attacks since..."

Except for the underwear bomber.

And the shoe bomber.

And some sort of liquid-bomb plot that causes the 3-1-1 Rules.

I think what you meant to say was no -successful- terrorist attack on aviation since September 11th. And the TSA gets the same amount of credit for that as does my Magic Tiger Rock.

Submitted by Nah on

And the reason for no successful attacks is that there have been no viable plots.