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TSA Week in Review - June 11th - 17th

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
These fireworks were discovered in a checked bag at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

As we approach Independence Day, it’s important to remember that fireworks are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. The fireworks pictured here are just some of the fireworks discovered recently. These fireworks were discovered in a checked bag at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

TSA discovered 97 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 11th through the 17th. Of the 97 firearms discovered, 85 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 97 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 11th through the 17th. Of the 97 firearms discovered, 85 were loaded and 26 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.

Left to right, the ammunition pictured here was discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, ORD, BWI, ORD, ORD and PVD.

If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. Left to right, the ammunition pictured here was discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, ORD, BWI, ORD, ORD and PVD. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

A knife and a small bag of marijuana were discovered concealed under the soles of a pair of shoes. They were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Boise Airport (BOI).

A knife and a small bag of marijuana were discovered concealed under the soles of a pair of shoes. They were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Boise Airport (BOI). All knives are prohibited in carry-on bags and concealed knives can lead to fines and arest. Knives may be packed in checked luggage. As far as marijuana, TSA doesn’t have any regulations that address the possession or transportation of marijuana and cannabis infused products, but under Federal law and many State laws, it’s a crime to possess or transport any detectable amount of marijuana. Having a State-issued cannabis card or other documentation indicating that the marijuana is for medical purposes doesn’t exempt you from TSA’s requirement to notify law enforcement. It’s up to the responding officer, not TSA, to determine if possession of the marijuana is authorized under State law, or whether to make an arrest or confiscate it.

Left to right, the items pictured here were discovered at PHX, PIT and CLE.

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. Left to right, the items pictured here were discovered at PHX, PIT and CLE.

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

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BNA, BNA, IAH, ORD, ORD, ORD, RDU, RIC, SAN, SAT and TUL. 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 97 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 11th through the 17th. Of the 97 firearms discovered, 85 were loaded and 26 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 Uo 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 A on

Why do you think people are still bringing guns on board planes? I think in this day and age, you must suspect they'll be found if you're trying to hide them. Does everyone just forget they have them?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...We don’t know if replica or inert items are live until "

Right. The middle picture of those three, the one with the hunks of metal that are open on both ends but happen to be in the shape of a grenade.... that fact that you think it takes an 'expert' to tell those are nothing more than hunks of metal says a lot about the incompetency of your organization.

Submitted by The Frequent Tr... on

As always, absolutely none of the dangerous items your body scanners detected made it on an aircraft. Meanwhile, very few people underwent physical searches thanks to your effective screening technology and TSO's.

We thank Curtis Burns and West Cooper for keeping us up to date on current threats and size limitations for LGA's in carry on bags.

Week after week you work hard to protect the traveling public from danger. Thank you!

Submitted by Why Are You Lying? on

The naked body scanners detected nothing this week, as is the case every week.

Meanwhile, many thousands of travellers endured invasive physical searches because the naked body scanners alarmed on things like sweat stains, pleats, underwires in women's bras, ostomy bags, and other harmless items.

These are facts; spend fifteen minutes in an airport and you'll see people being searched and sent on their way because a useless technology alarmed over nothing.

We know this is true, you know this is true, and TSA knows it's true.

So why are you lying and pretending otherwise?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Meanwhile, very few people underwent physical searches thanks to your effective screening technology and TSO's."

You know that how?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by Patdown Or Assault? on Wed, 2018-06-27 17:58
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?"

If you feel you are being sexually assaulted, you are.

If you EVER feel sexually assaulted or are aggressively "patted down" by a screener, get the screener's name and get their Supervisory TSO (STSO) involved. The STSO is required per TSA rules to collect and retain ALL evidence, including witness names and contact information. But you must demand it. Also ask for a litigation hold before CCTV is erased! Here’s how: https://tinyurl.com/y92ygv62

TSA lie: "…contact with Plaintiff's genitals, if any at all, was incidental and occurred through the course of a typical security pat-down." It’s deliberate and it's sexually abusive.

Screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by Anony on

So, you could tell on an xray machine if these were live or not?

Submitted by Anony on

So, you could tell on an xray machine if these were live or not?