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TSA Week In Review: June 25th – July 15th

Friday, July 20, 2018
TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 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.

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, ALB, AUS, BUR, BUR, LAS, MSO, MSY, SBA and SHV.

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, ALB, AUS, BUR, BUR, LAS, MSO, MSY, SBA and SHV. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

A large kitchen knife was discovered concealed inside of a child’s car seat at the LaGuardia International Airport (LGA).

A large kitchen knife was discovered concealed inside of a child’s car seat at the LaGuardia International Airport (LGA). Knives are not allowed to be carried on with your belongings, and concealed knives can lead to hefty fines, arrests, and a missed flights.

Left to right, the items pictured here were discovered at SLC, OAJ, DEN, DEN, and IAH.

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 in carry-on and checked bags at SLC, OAJ, DEN, DEN, and IAH.

From left to right, these are just some of the notable prohibited items that were discovered in carry-on bags. They were discovered at ATL, AUS, BNA, BNA, CID, CMH, DEN, DEN, MDW and SAN.

From left to right, these are just some of the notable prohibited items that were discovered in carry-on bags. They were discovered at ATL, AUS, BNA, BNA, CID, CMH, DEN, DEN, MDW and SAN. 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.

Fireworks are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. The fireworks pictured here are just some of the fireworks discovered recently. These were discovered in carry-on and checked bags at ABQ, BNA, BWI, CID, JFK, LAS, OWB, PIT and RIC.

Fireworks are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. The fireworks pictured here are just some of the fireworks discovered recently. These were discovered in carry-on and checked bags at ABQ, BNA, BWI, CID, JFK, LAS, OWB, PIT and RIC.

TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. ChTSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. 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.

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Comments

Submitted by Billy on

Some people shouldn't be allowed to possess firearms if they "forget" they are carrying them.

Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on

The main photo would make a great mosaic at the entrance of the TSA steril area, for a week replacing the 3-1-1 poster. (isn't that the phone number to call-B-4-U-dig?) Include the first paragraph one the poster and maybe there will a week of LESS hand guns found. Worth a try, no?

The lowest employee can make a difference IF that employee knows something and can catch the ear of some mucky-mucky (ie, boss, or even the president) IF that higher up will also take the time. Too often people either don't care or know not to bother.

We post here because, while equally fruitless, at least there is someone else who knows our concerns. Writing directly to the TSA has about the same chance of sucess IMO, is more complex, and I've venture a guess that that mail department reviewer isn't wanting to ... (imagine your own ending.)

In my case, this week, I'd love to see some consistancy. There is a story of a thrown out snow-globe. Man threw it out. Someone fetched it from the trash. Happy ending. But passengers aren't advised they can bring it back to the airline counter and send it checked baggage.

If permitted, I'd detail how the agent tosses the item in their can; No retrieval is possible.
Item #2 is ICE. Frozen water is not a liquid but I couldn't convince someone of this fact.

Is there a better public venue for this stuff?

Submitted by Martin Lee on

Is there available information on how many violations/sanctions were given as a result of the firearms discovered? In addition, what amount was assessed and collected in fines? It would be nice to see reporting in this area to determine if the sanctions have a positive impact since it appears that the amount of firearms being discovered continues to increase annually. Thanks.

Submitted by Seriously? on

"Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on Sat, 2018-07-21 21:14
The main photo would make a great mosaic at the entrance of the TSA steril area, for a week replacing the 3-1-1 poster. (isn't that the phone number to call-B-4-U-dig?) Include the first paragraph one the poster and maybe there will a week of LESS hand guns found. Worth a try, no?"
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You mean under the big poster that's there now that says "Is you weapon properly packed in your checked baggage?"

Submitted by Seriously? on

"Submitted by CliffOnTheRoad on Sat, 2018-07-21 21:14
The main photo would make a great mosaic at the entrance of the TSA steril area, for a week replacing the 3-1-1 poster. (isn't that the phone number to call-B-4-U-dig?) Include the first paragraph one the poster and maybe there will a week of LESS hand guns found. Worth a try, no?"
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You mean under the big poster that's there now that says "Is you weapon properly packed in your checked baggage?"

Submitted by Mssensual on

Funny how there are no comments or thoughts here from the usual TSA bashers on this post. Hmmm.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

You still have some missing information in those charts of yours.... which things were found using the fancy (and slow) nudie-scanners?

Submitted by Wq 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 Susan Richart on

CliffOnTheRoad wrote:

"But passengers aren't advised they can bring it back to the airline counter and send it checked baggage."

West Cooper will tell you that screeners ALWAYS give you choices. We, of course, know that isn't true, but it's the TSA's line so that makes it true.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Mon, 2018-07-23 21:36
You still have some missing information in those charts of yours.... which things were found using the fancy (and slow) nudie-scanners?"

Yes, isn't it funny how TSA doesn't report on the "dangerous items" found "daily" by the scanners or while sexually assaulting passengers? I wonder why that is?

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Went through TSA screening at DFW and all they were concerned with was doing an ETD test of my bag of candy. Not a moments look at my cased CPAP. Of note was that the Pre Check line was backed up well outside of the screening area while there was no waiting in the regular line. Far too many screeners doing nothing useful also demonstrating how TSA is severely over-staffed.

Submitted by Horacenen on

Test

Submitted by Horacenen on

Test

Submitted by Denise on

I have global entry and went through an extensive process. Now at Newark people upgrade a plane seat and are in the TSA pre line. This is a problem. What background checks are being done with upgrades? And explain to me why the regular tsa line opens way before pre check.

Submitted by Thomas Paine on

Sure. All you have to do is amend the Constitution, dumbass.

Submitted by Dan on

I’m glad they’re finding stuff but if you’re going to search my bag how about you put everything back and don’t damage my stuff TSA must have monkeys working there

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

Submitted by Dan on Sun, 2018-07-29 20:01
I’m glad they’re finding stuff but if you’re going to search my bag how about you put everything back and don’t damage my stuff TSA must have monkeys working there
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Why offend monkeys all over the world!

Submitted by West Cooper on

Philadelphia sez - "Why does TSA keep fliling false charges against innocent people in Philadelphia?"

This wasn't TSA.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by West Cooper on

Dan sez - "I’m glad they’re finding stuff but if you’re going to search my bag how about you put everything back and don’t damage my stuff TSA must have monkeys working there"

RB sez - "Why offend monkeys all over the world!"

We do not have monkeys that work for us, but we do have a screening process for service monkeys, just like service dogs and other animals.

Horacenen sez - "Test  Test"

We read you 5 by 5.

Mssensual sez - "Funny how there are no comments or thoughts here from the usual TSA bashers on this post. Hmmm."

Really? Why poke that dragon?

Martin Lee sez - "Is there available information on how many violations/sanctions were given as a result of the firearms discovered? In addition, what amount was assessed and collected in fines? It would be nice to see reporting in this area to determine if the sanctions have a positive impact since it appears that the amount of firearms being discovered continues to increase annually. Thanks."

The end result of fireams in the checkpoint is at the sole discretion of the Law Enforcement group that responds. TSA will (I have not heard of them not doing so before) levy an administrative fine, but the local LEOs are the ones that determine what, if any, charges will be brought against an individual. Very rarely do these stories make the news cycle.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by The Original "RB" on Thu, 2018-07-26 16:59
Went through TSA screening at DFW and all they were concerned with was doing an ETD test of my bag of candy. Not a moments look at my cased CPAP. Of note was that the Pre Check line was backed up well outside of the screening area while there was no waiting in the regular line. Far too many screeners doing nothing useful also demonstrating how TSA is severely over-staffed.

it appears that tsa may be looking at original rb's posts. tsa wants to eliminate screening at airpots, what is the public's opinion? what is the opinion of security experts? rb based on these reactions what qualifications do you have to evaluate tsa and what its needs are?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...tsa wants to eliminate screening at airpots, what is the public's opinion?"

This public is very happy with the idea of eliminating TSA screening.

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Wed, 2018-08-01 16:07
Dan sez - "I’m glad they’re finding stuff but if you’re going to search my bag how about you put everything back and don’t damage my stuff TSA must have monkeys working there"

RB sez - "Why offend monkeys all over the world!"

We do not have monkeys that work for us, but we do have a screening process for service monkeys, just like service dogs and other animals.

:...............:

I agree completely. I just noted that monkeys are offended when compared to TSA screeners , rightfully so!

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Sat, 2018-08-04 11:58

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Sat, 2018-08-04 11:58
"...tsa wants to eliminate screening at airpots, what is the public's opinion?"
This public is very happy with the idea of eliminating TSA screening.

please state your sources.

Submitted by Carolyn on

Here's one - search petoskeynews.com for this story of Michigan state representative Lee Chatfield bringing loaded unregistered pistol in carry-on and no charges were filed. Incident occurred July 15 at Pellston, MI (PLN). "Prosecutor won't charge Chatfield for taking gun to airport, cites defect in state law" (Aug. 6, 2018) Waiting to hear what the TSA fine will be, if any. This politician is up for re-election, claims he "forgot" he had a loaded gun in his bag because he was at his 4 year old daughter's birthday party at his home. Thankfully the children at the party did not find the gun!