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TSA Week in Review - May 21st - 27th

Tuesday, June 05, 2018
TSA Week in Review - May 21st - 27th

TSA officers discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 84 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.  Some airlines policies may differ from TSA’s. We strongly suggest travelers contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.

Clockwise from the top left, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, ABQ, BNA, BUR, BNA, BNA, DTW, STL, DTW, TPA, SAN, ORD, STL, RIC, BNA, DTW and DTW.

This is just a small example of some of the ammunition packed in carry-on bags across the nation last week. If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

Clockwise from the top left, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, ABQ, BNA, BUR, BNA, BNA, DTW, STL, DTW, TPA, SAN, ORD, STL, RIC, BNA, DTW and DTW.

Clockwise from the top left, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, ABQ, BNA, BUR, BNA, BNA, DTW, STL, DTW, TPA, SAN, ORD, STL, RIC, BNA, DTW 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.

These cane swords were discovered (l-r) at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

These cane swords were discovered (l-r) at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). Swords must be packed in checked bags, and concealed swords such as these can lead to fines and even arrest.

TSA officers discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation last week. Of the 84 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 P Hobbs on

Excellent work discovering fire arms

Submitted by Rl 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 Patdown Or Assault? on

How is a passenger to determine whether a pat-down by TSA crosses the line into sexual assault?

Does any such line exist?

What should a passenger who is being sexually assaulted during a pat-down do?

Submitted by RB on

Come on trolls - where are your cut & paste comments?

Submitted by Jhon on

They seem to never learn. Fines are either to low or not enforced hard enought, it would be nice to know how each case was handled and how the individuals were penalized for.
You never "forget" were your gun is, and if you do so wtf are you doing carrying a gun around?

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by RB on Fri, 2018-06-08 04:29
Come on trolls - where are your cut & paste comments?
..................
This stupid post was not made by the RB who has posted on this blog since the first days days of the TSA Blog.

Submitted by Cindy M on

Patdown or Assault asks "How is a passenger to determine whether a pat-down by TSA crosses the line into sexual assault?

Does any such line exist?

What should a passenger who is being sexually assaulted during a pat-down do?"

Repeated questions about this subject are ignored by Mr West and Mr Cooper. Questions and comments that name the areas of the body touched by TSA all day everyday are censored. What is the cost benefit ratio of herding people through poorly designed scanners that alert on pleats, pockets and sequins and then devoting countless man hours to stroking passengers' most private body parts? My husband served 21 years in the military to secure our rights and freedom. TSA procedures spit on his service. This blog trumpets the fraction of shiny objects found in carry on luggage. It has never addressed what is found in bras and underpants. The only purpose of this policy is to frighten and demoralize travelers to maintain a bloated budget and workforce. I recommend anyone who visits this site to join the National Association of Airline Passengers and to consider donating to organizations that pressure and sue TSA. Watch for opportunities to submit comments to Congressional subcommittees that assess TSA's performance. Write your representatives in Congress. Judging from recent travels, there is a great deal of interest in reining in what TSA calls a patdown and the rest of us call sexual assault.

Submitted by Anonymous on

NO THEY DONT BUT WE SHOULD PUT A BAN ON ALL FIREARMS EXEPT POLICE AND ARMY

Submitted by Anonymous on

NO

Submitted by Anonymous on

What is the most popular gun and why is it

Submitted by Anonymous on

has there been any meshetteys yet in UK

Submitted by Anonymous on

Aresset all people that carry ofensive weapons Ito the country

Submitted by Anonymous on

can you tell the government to ban offensive weapons asap and put it news to send the message around to all people who carry weapons

Submitted by Ted Cartner on

I wish you would post what amount of fines are given. Seems to me they are not high enough judging by how many firearms are still attempted to be brought on board.

Submitted by Stacy on

What happens to the firearms discovered?
In the event of a truly honest mistake, how does that affect the passenger attempting to catch there flight?

Submitted by Jan Margot on

What on earth are these idiots doing carrying loaded guns and cane swords into planes? What punishment do they get? I hope they throw the book at them.

Submitted by Anonymous on

You may miss your flight. Your mistake is not the airlines problem.
You may receive an $11000 fine. Your mistake is not TSA's problem.
Don't bring your firearm to the airport "accidently". If you don't know where your firearm is at ALL times, you shouldn't be carrying one.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Do not believe what you see in tsa pat down videos. That is not what you get. What you get would any court would be sexual assault.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"... Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality."

So? You are a Federal Agency, you have the same rules at every airport you control.

I think what you meant to say was that you don't care about the possession laws of any States or Localities because you have your own rules and you are going to make sure we do what you want.

Submitted by Anonymous on

No. What this means is that the penalties vary with the local laws once the person stupid enough to try to carry a gun through a Federal Checkpoint gets caught.

Submitted by RBB on

State laws apply for weapons discovered at the airport. They determine the disposition of the charges, if any, that are filed. However, depending on the situation, fines could be levied by TSA for bringing a weapon to the checkpoints, and those fines can be hefty. Conceal Carry applies for the weapon to be allowed in the public area, but they are NEVER allowed at the checkpoints. LEO's will conduct a check for wants and warrants of the individual, as well as a check of the serial number of the weapon to determine the owner/stolen status.

Submitted by Steve on

No one gets molested at a checkpoint, if they did then the said TSO would be fired. What a TSO does is use the back of the hand and explains the process in detail to every passenger (many items are hidden in the worst places). I like how people say oh look, you found nothing. See all those firearms? Would you like to get on planes with a passenger who has a loaded firearm? TSA strives to make sure the 4th Amendment is handled delicately, but also wants to ensure your safety. Being a TSO believe it or not is a hard and thankless job. The thanks that a TSO gets is that another 9/11 or Lockerbie hasn't happened again. So for the trolls on here every single week, I invite you to go to a nation with virtually no airline security and fly their airlines perhaps Somalia or Egypt. The fact that nothing happens everyday is proof that TSA works.

The scanners were fixed years ago. No one can see a nude body.

Submitted by Nope on

"No one gets molested at a checkpoint, if they did then the said TSO would be fired. What a TSO does is use the back of the hand and explains the process in detail to every passenger (many items are hidden in the worst places)."

Current procedure involves multiple gropes with the front of the hand, ans TSA has literally never found anything with its new pat downs (or with its body scanners).

For some reason TSA's bloggers are never willing to share any of these facts.