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TSA Week in Review: June 18th - 24th

Tuesday, July 03, 2018
TSA discovered 92 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 18th through the 24th. Of the 92 firearms discovered, 80 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 92 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 18th through the 24th. Of the 92 firearms discovered, 80 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.  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 ALB, BUR, ORD, ORD and DCA

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

This one-pound bottle of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

This one-pound bottle of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Containers of gun powder are prohibited altogether from both carry-on and checked baggage.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, ABQ, ABQ, ALB, CLE, CLE, DTW, IAH, LGA, SAN and SEA.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at ABQ, ABQ, ABQ, ALB, CLE, CLE, DTW, IAH, LGA, SAN and SEA. 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 92 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 18th through the 24th. Of the 92 firearms discovered, 80 were loaded and 29 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 Vp 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 SSSS For Some Reason on

I didn't see the list of things you found using the big fancy new (and incredibly slow) scanners, why is that?

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

Seeing how illegal weapons found have jumped to 92 from the more usual 60 per week, I would infer that some bonus money is due. Or do I have it backwards and the public hasn't been educated enough to bring the count DOWN?

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

Whereas the scanners are the alternative path (to a metal detector), one may assume the metal guns and bullets could have been found by the scanners.
As for "other things found", which would indeed be an interesting list, (That is one vote for expanding the scope of this blog), the mere existance of the scanners provide a deterant such as a "wet paint" sign

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

Is there a method to modify a submitted comment, or delete one and start over? Upon further reading, All 92 items in this weeks blog were found in checked bags (if we are to believe what was published) and therefore both the metal detectors and scanners have been proven to be an effective "wet paint sign" deterant against someone trying to get a fire arm onto a plane to use said deadly device.

Submitted by Nonsense on

There's nothing for the scanners to find, while they have a false positive rate of 100% -- literally every scanner alarm is for something harmless, or something that isn't there in the first place. That's why the cowards West Cooper and Curtis Burns refuse to answer simple questions about false alarms.

Right, West and Curtis?

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on Mon, 2018-07-09 02:42
Seeing how illegal weapons found have jumped to 92 from the more usual 60 per week, I would infer that some bonus money is due. Or do I have it backwards and the public hasn't been educated enough to bring the count DOWN?

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The detection rate has increased because TSA leadership has put pressure on screeners to actually do their jobs. No bonus is needed for government employees just doing their jobs.

Sadly in the same push TSA screeners are now sexually assaulting people routinely.

Submitted by BB61 on

Ahh...the trolls must be on vacation this week, they are slow to post the same drivel over and over. Thanks guys for keep us safe! Glad you are here to keep us safe!

Submitted by Nocaps on

i see a lot of complaints about the employees of tsa, can someone provide the amount of military members (active, reserve, and retired) and former law enforcement that are tsa employees. as a government agency i would assume that there is a veteran's preference given to applicants.

Submitted by West Cooper on

CliffOnTheRoad sez - "Is there a method to modify a submitted comment, or delete one and start over? Upon further reading, All 92 items in this weeks blog were found in checked bags"

Welcome back Cliff, nice to see you around again! The 92 firearms listed in this post were discovered in carryon bags.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by West Cooper on

Nocaps sez - "can someone provide the amount of military members (active, reserve, and retired) and former law enforcement that are tsa employees"

The last information I read on TSA listed between 1/4 and 1/3 of TSA workforce as former military. All information on Veterans Preference can be found in any job application for TSA at USAJOBS. I have seen no statistics on former Law Enforcement at this time.

TSA Blog Team