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TSA Week In Review: May 7th - 13th

Friday, May 25, 2018
TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 75 were loaded and 29 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 inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (MHT).

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. This inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (MHT).

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, RIC, SAN, SAN, IAH, SAT, SJC, and FAI.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, RIC, SAN, SAN, IAH, SAT, SJC, and FAI. 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.

Prohibited itemsCheckpoint 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 Pj 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 SSSS For Some Reason on

And still nothing discovered using the big, expensive, and slow Nudie-Scanners.

And you snuck in a recycled picture again. I said it before and I will say it again.... if we can't trust you to get the little things right why should we trust you to get the big things right?

Oh, and this too.... " Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. "

Why? Your rules are Federal and exist in ALL airports so why should I learn about any of the regional stuff when there is nowhere in the country where you allow firearms past the checkpoint.

Submitted by GTR on

Ahh...the trolls are a bit slow for the holidays! Good job for keeping us safe! Can't wait for the cut and paste crew to start their love/hate rants for this week!!! Keep up the good work folks! The majority support the work you do!

Submitted by Pj 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?