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TSA Week In Review: August 6th - 19th

Friday, August 24, 2018
TSA discovered 189 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from August 6th through the 20th. Of the 189 firearms discovered, 157 were loaded and 68 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 189 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from August 6th through the 20th. Of the 189 firearms discovered, 157 were loaded and 68 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 ATL, SBP, BOI and BNA.

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

It looks like camping season is picking up as the weather starts to cool off a bit. Camping fuel is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. You’ll have to purchase it at your destination. Clockwise from the top left, hese were discovered in carry-

It looks like camping season is picking up as the weather starts to cool off a bit. Camping fuel is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. You’ll have to purchase it at your destination. Clockwise from the top left, hese were discovered in carry-on and checked bags at BOI, LAS, BOI, LAS, and BOI.

If you need to travel with your hatchet, be sure to bury it in your checked bag. All axes and hatchets are prohibited in carry-on bags. Left to right, these were discovered art DEN, CHS, JNU and CLE.

If you need to travel with your hatchet, be sure to bury it in your checked bag. All axes and hatchets are prohibited in carry-on bags. Left to right, these were discovered art DEN, CHS, JNU and CLE.

Left to right, the items pictured here were discovered at Juno (JNU) and San Diego (SAN). The inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag, and the inert Japanese artillery fuse was discovered in a carry-on bag.

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 Juno (JNU) and San Diego (SAN). The inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag, and the inert Japanese artillery fuse was discovered in a carry-on bag.

Clockwise from the top,  these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, LAS, BIL, CLE, EWR, IAH and IAH.

Clockwise from the top,  these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at BOI, LAS, BIL, CLE, EWR, IAH and IAH. 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 189 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from August 6th through the 20th. Of the 189 firearms discovered, 157 were loaded and 68 had a round chambered. TSA discovered 189 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from August 6th through the 20th. Of the 189 firearms discovered, 157 were loaded and 68 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.

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Comments

Submitted by Zt 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 Sue Bush on

Training needed? Two bad experiences with TSA. In one instance a woman in the Atlanta airport rushed up to me while I was waiting in the security line and hurriedly rubbed her hands from the top of my chest to my lower abdomen without announcing who she was, what she was doing, or speaking a word. It was shocking. In another instance, TSA stopped me "randomly" in Seattle and had a female agent pat me down publicly, even though I repeatedly requested privacy. I think both these instances were out of the bounds of TSA procedures, if not legally actionable.

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

Submitted by Sue Bush on Mon, 2018-08-27 10:45
Training needed? Two bad experiences with TSA. In one instance a woman in the Atlanta airport rushed up to me while I was waiting in the security line and hurriedly rubbed her hands from the top of my chest to my lower abdomen without announcing who she was, what she was doing, or speaking a word. It was shocking. In another instance, TSA stopped me "randomly" in Seattle and had a female agent pat me down publicly, even though I repeatedly requested privacy. I think both these instances were out of the bounds of TSA procedures, if not legally actionable.
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TSA out of bounds? Surely you jest.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Sue Bush wrote: "I think both these instances were out of the bounds of TSA procedures, if not legally actionable."

Sounds like the first "incident" was assault, plain and simple, and should have resulted in charges filed with the airport police. The second one was ignoring TSA's own procedures; if you want a private screening, they must provide one.

Should something like this, or any other out-of-line event, occur in the future, make certain you file a complaint with the DHS IG: https://hotline.oig.dhs.gov/hotline/hotline.php Name names if you can.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Too bad... no terrorists found.

And no mention of all the things found with the big expensive nudie-scanners.

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Tue, 2018-08-28 08:00
Too bad... no terrorists found.
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Not now, not ever! TSA on the job, failing at every task!

Submitted by John on

Yeah exactly.

Submitted by JH on

RB you don't have to ever get on an airplane if you don't want to. Just go thru the screening and be respectful!

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Tue, 2018-08-28 08:00

Too bad... no terrorists found.

And no mention of all the things found with the big expensive nudie-scanners.

is tsa's job to find terrorists?

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by The Original "RB" on Tue, 2018-08-28 14:27

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Tue, 2018-08-28 08:00
Too bad... no terrorists found.
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Not now, not ever! TSA on the job, failing at every task!

is the tsa's job to find terrorists?

Submitted by The Original "RB" on

Submitted by Nocaps on Thu, 2018-08-30 04:45

is the tsa's job to find terrorists?

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If it isn't why does TSA claim that ID matters? Why did TSA try playing the 20 Question Game or even the State You Name game.

How about you tell us what TSA's job is!

Submitted by Charlene Hendri... on

Your tubs that we put our items in are really dirty and need to be cleaned. I wear flip flops and your floors had garbage and looked liked the area where I had to walk barefoot needed to be vacuumed. I was patted down because the saw a hotspot on my back and leg and I had absolutely nothing there but my pants and shirt

Submitted by TR on

You are going into an airport, where thousands of people drag in dirt and who knows what onto the floor, and you wear flip flops? Wear shoes and socks, you won't have to worry about it!

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Tue, 2018-08-28 08:00

Too bad... no terrorists found.

And no mention of all the things found with the big expensive nudie-scanners.

tsa was not created to stop terrorists. i wonder why people keep saying this. tsa was created to stop weapons, explosives, and incendiaries.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

'..tsa was created to stop weapons, explosives, and incendiaries."

Then why do they ask for ID?

Submitted by Nocaps on

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Thu, 2018-09-13 13:48
'..tsa was created to stop weapons, explosives, and incendiaries."

Then why do they ask for ID?

no idea, it should the airlines responsibility, they should know who is on their airplanes.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Submitted by Nocaps on Thu, 2018-09-20 03:14
Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on Thu, 2018-09-13 13:48
'..tsa was created to stop weapons, explosives, and incendiaries."

Then why do they ask for ID?

no idea, ... "

Even you, a TDS Cheerleader, can't justify the ID check.

Kinda makes you wonder how many other things the TDS does that could be eliminated as useless.