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TSA Week In Review: July 23rd - August 5th

Friday, August 17, 2018
TSA discovered 174 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 23rd through August 5th. Of the 174 firearms discovered, 149 were loaded and 49 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 174 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 23rd through August 5th. Of the 174 firearms discovered, 149 were loaded and 49 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. The ammo pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM).

If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. The ammo pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

The inert grenade pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI).

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. The inert grenade pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI).

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at MSY, LGA, IAH, EWR, DTW, CHS, BUR, BOI, BNA, and BNA.

Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at MSY, LGA, IAH, EWR, DTW, CHS, BUR, BOI, BNA, and BNA. 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.

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.

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TSA discovered 174 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 23rd through August 5th. Of the 175 firearms discovered, 149 were loaded and 49 had a round chambered. TSA discovered 174 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from July 23rd through August 5th. Of the 175 firearms discovered, 149 were loaded and 49 had a round chambered. 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 SSSS For Some Reason on

"...TSA may impose civil penalties of up"

You should add that to your spreadsheet! You need to add a column for which technology found the firearm. And then you need to add a column for if a Civil penalty was assessed. And a third column for how much of a penalty was assessed.

Get with the data sharing already, this is the 21st Century and data is where it's at these days.

Submitted by Ys 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 Wburch2015@outl... on

Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Will on

Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Wburch2015@outl... on

Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Will on

Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Will on

Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!

Submitted by Will on

No terrorist attacks using U.S. planes for weapons since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe. You have our support.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Submitted by Wburch2015@outl... on Sun, 2018-08-19 03:55
Not one terrorist attack using an airplane as a weapon since 9/11.
Thank you TSA for keeping us safe!"

3 factors have prevented another 9/11, and screening by TSA isn't one of them:

1. hardened cockpit doors
2. unwillingness to cooperate with hijackers
3. willingness of passengers to fight back

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Poor Will. You must be new here in that you posted the same statement 3 times, not realizing that comments need to be approved before they are posted - and sometimes it takes many days for that to happen. You got lucky.

But to further my first response to you:

"A 2017 Government Accountability Office report found the agency [TSA] has no information about its effectiveness in deterring attacks."

From the Boston Globe article on the "Quiet Skies" boondoggle.

Submitted by Jhon on

You seem oddly fascinated by this matter.
Let me help you.
1 - By knowing what a pat-down is and how is done, thing you can ask the TSA agent before the act (also the internet)
2 - Yes
3 - Ask for a supervisor, and call a lawyer

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Jhon on Tue, 2018-08-21 18:09
You seem oddly fascinated by this matter.
Let me help you.
1 - By knowing what a pat-down is and how is done, thing you can ask the TSA agent before the act (also the internet)
2 - Yes
3 - Ask for a supervisor, and call a lawyer
..................

When pat down information published by TSA is clearly incomplete or pure fantasy then the question is valid. Many, many reports of TSA screeners groping genitals yet TSA says any such contact is incidental.

Bottom line, TSA lies. All lies, all the time. That is one thing people can bet on when considering statements from TSA.