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TSA Month in Review: October 2018

Friday, November 09, 2018
TSA Month in Review: October 2018

In October 2018, TSA discovered a total of 358 firearms in carry-on bags at 105 airports. Of these, 300 were loaded and 133 had a chambered round. Bringing a firearm through the security checkpoint may result in a civil penalty of up to $13,333. Repeat violations will result in higher penalties.

Want to avoid civil penalties? Watch and learn how to properly travel with your firearm in checked baggage. It’s important to note that some airline policies may differ from TSA’s. We strongly recommend travelers check with their airline for their specific firearm and ammunition policies. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should review state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

All of the firearms pictured above were discovered last month.

Two Firearm Replicas

It can be difficult to tell on the X-ray if a firearm is real or just a novelty item. When a suspected firearm is discovered at the security checkpoint, screening is stopped until law enforcement is able to secure the item. This leads to long lines and possible flight delays. Real, replicas or items resembling firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags. The photo on the left is a novelty firearm that shoots toothpicks, which was discovered at Denver International Airport. On the right is a replica firearm with a spring-loaded blade that was discovered at Albuquerque International Sunport.

TSA officer LeonOn October 18, Salt Lake City International Airport TSA officer Leon discovered a loaded Springfield XD 9mm handgun with a round in the chamber. Leon has been an officer for less than a year. Prior to joining TSA, Leon served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. As we approach the Veterans Day holiday, we proudly recognize and remember those who served to protect America.

TSA screening procedures prevent prohibited items and other threats to transportation security from entering the sterile area of the airport. Along with the finds highlighted in this post, our officers 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.

In most cases travelers say they forgot the item was in their bag. This can lead to a citation and in some cases arrest. Unfortunately, this happens far too often. Our goal in sharing these finds is to remind travelers to check their bags and know the rules before heading to the airport.

Want to know how many firearms we found last year? Check out our 2017 blog post. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds videos for 2016 and 2017.

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Jay Wagner

TSA Guest Blogger

Comments

Submitted by Frances MacKinnon on

First of all thanks to all the TSA officers who work so hazard to protect us. You guys are awesome. I just know what part of no weapons on the plane they don't understand. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your service.
Respectfully,
Fran MacKinnon

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"On October 18, Salt Lake City International Airport TSA officer Leon discovered a loaded Springfield XD 9mm handgun with a round in the chamber."

That's his job, for heavens sake. Is it so bad at TSA that screeners have to be praised for doing their jobs and finding a weapon? A screener should be able to find a weapon after a month on the job.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Which items were found using the big expensive scanners? You always tell us what you found, usually where, but never with what. Why is that?

Submitted by 1 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 West Cooper and Jay Wagner 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 T Shrager on

Sir, madam: Although I am current and have not had any problems since I signed up four years ago ,last Monday precheck did not appear on my boarding pass. This last Wednesday it did print , but today it disappeared again. Am I being targeted for some unknown reason, did I do anything wrong? It is very upsetting . Regards, Tom

Submitted by Jhon on

If you "forget" that you are carrying a loaded firearm, maybe you are not the type of person that needs to carry a firearm.
Suggestion, double the fine when the passanger says "I forgot it was there".

Submitted by Max Yost on

Jay,

Did they teach you at the academy to not have your badge visible in an official photograph?

Submitted by Marron on

Really good post, good job.

Submitted by RB on

TSA not have any moderators?

Submitted by West Cooper on

Frances Mackinnon sez - "First of all thanks to all the TSA officers who work so hazard to protect us. You guys are awesome. I just know what part of no weapons on the plane they don't understand. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your service."

Thank you, we truly appreciate your sentiments and kind words!

T. Shrager sez - "Sir, madam: Although I am current and have not had any problems since I signed up four years ago ,last Monday precheck did not appear on my boarding pass. This last Wednesday it did print , but today it disappeared again. Am I being targeted for some unknown reason, did I do anything wrong? It is very upsetting . Regards, Tom"

Hello Tom. TSA Precheck was not designed to be a 100% of the time program. If you continue to experience not getting Precheck, my first suggestion is to log into your account and doublecheck that none of your information has changed in the systems. If that is not the case, then I would contact the TSA customer service section. You can find their page here.

Down at the bottom of the page is frequently asked questions for Precheck, it may have some info to help resolve your challenge, but your best bet is to contact the customer service number above and they can get you on your way.

RB sez - "TSA not have any moderators?"

Actually, we do.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Why The Selecti... on

It's odd how you refuse to explain how TSA patdowns differ from sexual assault.

I guess it would be easier if there was in fact a difference.

Submitted by The "Original" RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Sun, 2018-11-18 11:35
Frances Mackinnon sez - "First of all thanks to all the TSA officers who work so hazard to protect us. You guys are awesome. I just know what part of no weapons on the plane they don't understand. Keep up the good work and thanks again for your service."

Thank you, we truly appreciate your sentiments and kind words!

T. Shrager sez - "Sir, madam: Although I am current and have not had any problems since I signed up four years ago ,last Monday precheck did not appear on my boarding pass. This last Wednesday it did print , but today it disappeared again. Am I being targeted for some unknown reason, did I do anything wrong? It is very upsetting . Regards, Tom"

Hello Tom. TSA Precheck was not designed to be a 100% of the time program. If you continue to experience not getting Precheck, my first suggestion is to log into your account and doublecheck that none of your information has changed in the systems. If that is not the case, then I would contact the TSA customer service section. You can find their page here.

Down at the bottom of the page is frequently asked questions for Precheck, it may have some info to help resolve your challenge, but your best bet is to contact the customer service number above and they can get you on your way.

RB sez - "TSA not have any moderators?"

Actually, we do.

TSA Blog Team
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Couldn't tell based on how this blog is being maintained!

Submitted by West Cooper on

Rb sez - "Couldn't tell based on how this blog is being maintained!"

We have had some challenges of late. Our lead team member has been unforeseeably removed. We will endeavor to be more consistent in the future.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by West Cooper on Wed, 2018-11-21 08:34
Rb sez - "Couldn't tell based on how this blog is being maintained!"

We have had some challenges of late. Our lead team member has been unforeseeably removed. We will endeavor to be more consistent in the future.

TSA Blog Team
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Anyone who reads this blog is aware of Bob Burns untimely passing. I think we all understand the impact of this on his family and others, but also with the various projects he was involved with in his professional life.

Even then that doesn't excuse TSA's inability to carry on with its various obligations. Operating this blog is a TSA responsibility, unless TSA decides to shut it down. In hand with that is a obligation to the readers of this blog to complete moderation as often as needed to maintain continuity. It has been suggested several times that other TSA players have access to this blog so seems they could also handle comments, even a few answers once in a while since answers are in extremely short supply.

I would have thought an agency as large and professional as TSA would have continuity plans in place.

Submitted by Captain Obvious on

It appears the TSA took this opportunity to introduce you to TSA Officer Leon and thank him for his service as a Veteran.