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TSA Week in Review: September 10th - 23rd

Friday, October 05, 2018
TSA discovered 177 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from September 10th through the 23rd. Of the 177 firearms discovered, 158 were loaded and 52 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 177 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from September 10th through the 23rd. Of the 177 firearms discovered, 158 were loaded and 52 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,333 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.

The ammunition pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Kodiak Airport (ADK).

If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. The ammunition pictured here was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Kodiak Airport (ADK). 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 CRW, DEN, DEN, CRW, BNA, ATL, BNA, DEN, and DEN.

From left to right, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at CRW, DEN, DEN, CRW, BNA, ATL, BNA, DEN, and DEN. 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 177 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from September 10th through the 23rd. Of the 177 firearms discovered, 158 were loaded and 52 had a round chambered. TSA discovered 177 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from September 10th through the 23rd. Of the 177 firearms discovered, 158 were loaded and 52 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 The Original "RB" on

177 guns found over the period of September 10, 2018 through September 23, 2018 or 14 calendar days by my count.

So 177 guns found over 14 days distributed among roughly 2,000,000,000 travelers per day for a total of 28,000,000,000 travelers for the period or .00000000632 guns per travelers.

I'm not suggesting that TSA should not be doing their screenings but I do think that TSA uses excessive, abusive, and demeaning methods to find these few guns. Should a mother get a sexual assault pat down just because she brings breast milk for her baby? Should a person who wears a medical device get a open handed groping in their crotch just because they have a handicap?

It's time to bring some common sense to TSA's procedures. This will allow them to focus on real threats and stop assaulting travelers, especially young people.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Hopefully good news for travelers assaulted/abused by TSA screeners. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review, en banc, the 2-1 decision of earlier this year to give TSA screeners immunity from claims of assaults/abuse.

"A federal appeals court decided to revisit its recent decision that made it difficult for travelers to sue U.S. airport screeners over claims of abuse at security checkpoints."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tsa-lawsuit/u-s-court-to-reconsid...

Submitted by Cw 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 Pat-down 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

"... Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. "

So what. Your's are the same everywhere.

And how come you never list what technology was used to discover all this stuff? Because it seems like forever and a bit more since your big fancy nudie-scanners found anything. Seems to me like you would be promoting all the things found in an attempt to make people more accepting of getting into an unregistered and questionably maintained medical scanning device that emits ionizing radiation.

Submitted by Max Yost on

Still waiting --

Still waiting for the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Transporation, commonly known as the TSA Administrator, to answer the questions we posed on his blig post. https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/08/10/administrator-look-back-my-first-year

If he does not intend to address the questions and issues posed by the citizens he serves, please afford us the decency to say so.

Submitted by Jhon on

TSA should really step up the fines for being caught trying to board a plane with a firearm. It clear by the numbers that people are not getting the message. If not a fine a 1 (o 2) year travel ban would also be a good mesaure to remind the public that regulations exist for reasons.

Submitted by Jhon on

1 - Use common sense.
2 - Yes
3 - Ask to speak with a supervisor, file a complain and contact a lawyer.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...that regulations exist for reasons."

perhaps you could take a moment and explain those reasons. You don't need to divulge and SSI, but surely you can share some kind of reasons.

Submitted by West Cooper on

Max sez - "If he does not intend to address the questions and issues posed by the citizens he serves, please afford us the decency to say so."

I do not have any scheduled postings or any indicator that the Administrator is going to post here on an ongoing basis (like I do), I believe his interactions here will be more intermittent.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Mary on

Maybe TSA needs to screen who they hire better I put a cheesy 30.00 smart watch in my suitcase and unpacked this morning and it was gone!!! I guess some IDIOT TSA person needed to feel SMART!!!!, not too mention they broke the straps I had on the outside of my suitcase for extra security to not bust coming into DC. Then on my previous flight i have straps for the outside of my suitcases in the event the zipper break etc and for recognition when it comes out at baggage and i got 1 strap verses 2 back from PA and was told by TSA rep in ATL that it is not our fault the airlines look at the bags - which is ridiculous. Maybe you need to screen your people better!!!!!!

Submitted by Anon on

You do know that almost all TSA Baggage Screening areas are under camera view, Correct?
TSA screeners are NOT the last people to handle your bags.
After screening, the airline baggage handlers get it where it goes through several sets of hands in the deep bowels of the airport where it's fair game.

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

You have to multiply that by 20. There were 3540 guns brought to the checkpoint, of which the TSA clerks missed 3363 and caught 177. That figure presumes that nobody was trying to conceal a gun, and there is NO chance that the TSA would detect a gun that was skillfully concealed. So basically the security provided by the TSA was zero. All the TSA does is hold up the line, creating a danger of an attack on the checkpoint.

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

Submitted by Anon on Tue, 2018-10-09 15:04
You do know that almost all TSA Baggage Screening areas are under camera view, Correct?
TSA screeners are NOT the last people to handle your bags.
After screening, the airline baggage handlers get it where it goes through several sets of hands in the deep bowels of the airport where it's fair game.
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TSA has the ability to see inside closed bags unlike baggage handlers. TSA can also legally open and search bags providing cover for TSA thieves.

Submitted by Thomas on

REALLY 2 billion if you look we are talking the united states not the world and if that was just 14 days that a crazy amount also lets say 95% of those caught are just plain STUIPID maybe the other 5% were trying to sneak it through to do someone harm get a grip they are doing a great job with little pay and putting up with verbal and sometimes physical abuse and they can't even defend them selves against these MORONS

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by Thomas on Sun, 2018-10-14 18:24
REALLY 2 billion if you look we are talking the united states not the world and if that was just 14 days that a crazy amount also lets say 95% of those caught are just plain STUIPID maybe the other 5% were trying to sneak it through to do someone harm get a grip they are doing a great job with little pay and putting up with verbal and sometimes physical abuse and they can't even defend them selves against these MORONS
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You spotted my error and I apologize for that. There are roughly 2 million, not 2 billion, air travelers per day in the United States. I'll let ya'll do the math on it during your free time.

Submitted by Your Definitely... on

First of all TSA hasn't used any of your so called "nudie-scanners" for a long time now, second did you think that perhaps its also because of the fact that they know they cant get things in past some of the scanners that they have not tried to do so? I'm not saying that everything TSA does is correct but Officers are not trying to ruin your day. From your rhetoric it seems like you do that to yourself pretty well already.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...hasn't used any of your so called "nudie-scanners" for a long time now, "

They are imaging devices that look under our clothes. That makes them nudie scanners.

"...second did you think that perhaps its also because of the fact that they know they cant get things in past some of the scanners"

Far too many media reports of things getting missed for this to be even partially true.

"... I'm not saying that everything TSA does is correct but "

Why are you not calling them out on the incorrect things?

"...but Officers are not trying to ruin your day. "

They are not officers and we are not children complaining about someone bring mean. The TSA has put itself in violation of a huge number of constitutional issues and at great financial expense and then claims a kind of victory because no tigers have attacked since they installed all these magic rocks. You yourself just agreed they are doing things wrong so why are you trying to chastise us for now showing them more support?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...hasn't used any of your so called "nudie-scanners" for a long time now, "

They are imaging devices that look under our clothes. That makes them nudie scanners.

"...second did you think that perhaps its also because of the fact that they know they cant get things in past some of the scanners"

Far too many media reports of things getting missed for this to be even partially true.

"... I'm not saying that everything TSA does is correct but "

Why are you not calling them out on the incorrect things?

"...but Officers are not trying to ruin your day. "

They are not officers and we are not children complaining about someone bring mean. The TSA has put itself in violation of a huge number of constitutional issues and at great financial expense and then claims a kind of victory because no tigers have attacked since they installed all these magic rocks. You yourself just agreed they are doing things wrong so why are you trying to chastise us for now showing them more support?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"...hasn't used any of your so called "nudie-scanners" for a long time now, "

They are imaging devices that look under our clothes. That makes them nudie scanners.

"...second did you think that perhaps its also because of the fact that they know they cant get things in past some of the scanners"

Far too many media reports of things getting missed for this to be even partially true.

"... I'm not saying that everything TSA does is correct but "

Why are you not calling them out on the incorrect things?

"...but Officers are not trying to ruin your day. "

They are not officers and we are not children complaining about someone bring mean. The TSA has put itself in violation of a huge number of constitutional issues and at great financial expense and then claims a kind of victory because no tigers have attacked since they installed all these magic rocks. You yourself just agreed they are doing things wrong so why are you trying to chastise us for not showing them support?

Submitted by MoonEyes2k on

September 11 2001 is the reason that the TSA exist at all. On that day, this year, the TSA discovered 12 firearms in carry-on luggage. All but one was loaded, 2 had a round chambered. Over the course of 14 days, they found an average of more than 10 per day. You might think that the TSA is abusive and demeaning. Maybe so. But, would you prefer, perhaps overly, zealous agents...or a laxer attitude and possible second 9/11?

I think that the TSA would much prefer to not be needed. But the numbers and the illustrations of guns, knifes, throwing stars, and all sorts of other things show, in my opinion, that they ARE needed.