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TSA Week In Review: July 16th - 24th

Friday, July 27, 2018
TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 16th through the 22nd. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 71 were loaded and 36 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 16th through the 22nd. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 71 were loaded and 36 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.

TSA discovered 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 16th through the 22nd. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 71 were loaded and 36 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties o

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

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at PVD, SAN, BNA, BNA, BOI and BOI.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at PVD, SAN, BNA, BNA, BOI and BOI. 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 84 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 16th through the 22nd. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 71 were loaded and 36 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.

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Comments

Submitted by Hampton on

It sounds to me that the penalty is not severe enough and the news media never mentions the weapons found. I don’t think that people believe they won’t be caught. I am retired law enforcement and can carry a concealed firearm any where in the US. Even so, i am very careful to make sure I have no firearm in my carry on. I don’t believe there are that many forgetful people. If those caught were prohibited from flying for 5 years and had to take a bus, they would remember as well be telling their friends.

Submitted by Steve Kovacic on

Good job!

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

And the big expensive nudie-scanners found what, exactly, this week?

Submitted by Enriquesew on

Hello everyone. I am new user of this forum :). I am from Hungary and my language is poor :). Thanks

Submitted by Max Yost on

Were any of these citizens under surveillance under "Quiet Skies"? How about me? I'm flying Turkish Airlines through Istanbul later in September (no joke). It's east to spot a FAM. Can I go up to him/her and ask him/her if I'm under surveillance?

Submitted by Xr 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 Quiet Skies? on

Y'all ate just gonna try to pretend we don't know about this, huh? Pathetic.

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

TSA just can't accept that SPOT has been proven to be unreliable for detecting anything so rolls out a once secret surveillance program operated by the FAM's just after supposedly shutting down the BDO SPOT program.

It's time for Congress to clip TSA's wings. Reduce TSA funding until the only function TSA can do is airport security.

Submitted by That'd Be A Start on

...but Congress also needs to make WTMDs the primary screening technology, end the shoe and liquid carnivals, limit TSA's ability to commit assaults on passengers in the guise of "pat downs," and make individual TSA employees legally liable for committing those assaults.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by That'd Be A Start on Wed, 2018-08-01 10:34
...but Congress also needs to make WTMDs the primary screening technology, end the shoe and liquid carnivals, limit TSA's ability to commit assaults on passengers in the guise of "pat downs," and make individual TSA employees legally liable for committing those assaults.
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and That'd Be Just A Start on what needs to be done to fix TSA. I personally believe that TSA is broken so badly that there are no viable fixes.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Patdown Or Assault? on Mon, 2018-07-30 07:41
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?

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I would suggest that all TSA pat downs constitute Sexual Assault.

Submitted by Yep on

And your suggestion is correct! Funny how the blog team refuses to address this -- you'd think they'd unload some spiel about training or something. But I guess their silence is an admission that they work for an agency that sexually assaults people as a matter of course.

Submitted by Op on

There not naked scanners, they cant even see through and is nothing more then a plain figure. Get the facts straight and there are certain things that cant be said to everyone. Its not a need to know

Submitted by TSORon on

And the numbers just keep climbing. Its been the rule since the 1970's, no guns through the checkpoint, and its only getting worse. What does that say about humanity's ability to learn?