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TSA Week in Review: May 27 - June 2

Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Firearms discovered at the checkpoint

Everybody, let’s rock! Not to get you all shook up, but the Tupelo Elvis Festival is this week – and it’s the 20th anniversary! If you’re planning on getting out the hair gel and taking that flight to Mississippi, we have some travel tips to make sure you don’t spend One Night in the Heartbreak Hotel. Too Much? Alright, a little less conversation and a little more blog action.

TSA Pre✓® members and passengers younger than 13 and older than 75 can leave their shoes on during security screening, especially if they are blue suede. And if you’re a traveling Guitar Man check out these tips for traveling with your musical instruments.

Between May 27 and June 2, TSA screened 16.9 million passengers and found 95 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 95 firearms discovered, 83 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered.

During the month of May, we discovered 11 more firearms than we did last May.

Not to be cruel, but bringing a firearm to the security checkpoint may lead to a civil penalty of up to $13,333 or an arrest. And if you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, you could lose your status. If you are like Elvis and must travel with your firearm, check out our transporting firearms and ammunition page to learn how to pack it properly. After all, wise men say only fools rush into security with a prohibited item.

See all firearm discoveries from May 27 to June 2 in this chart.

explosive items found at airports

Packing real or realistic replicas of explosive items can lead to hefty civil penalties or even arrest. Any time our officers discover explosive components they call a specialist. This takes time and can cause people to miss flights. Even with that cool coiffure, your fellow passengers are going to think you are a real hound dog for making them miss their flight.

Pictured above, from the left:

  • TSA officers at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport discovered a grenade with no explosive materials on May 29.
  • A live smoke grenade was found in a checked bag at San Diego International Airport on May 31.
  • A grenade with the explosive material removed was located at Fayetteville Regional Airport on May 28.

 replica firearms found at airports

Realistic or replica firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags. You can pack the impersonators in your checked bags, but I recommend you check local laws before heading to the airport.

Pictured above, from the left:

  • A flash drive shaped as a firearm was discovered by TSA officers at Boston Logan International Airport on May 28.
  • A lighter made to look like a firearm was located at O’Hare International Airport on June 1.

Our mission at TSA is to do everything in our power to make sure you get to your destination safely by keeping dangerous items off planes. The most common explanation we hear from travelers for prohibited items is “I forgot it was in my bag.” Don’t be that person. Save yourself some money and embarrassment and thoroughly check your bags for prohibited items before heading to the airport.

So come prepared! For a list of prohibited items, be sure to use the What Can I Bring? tool. If you have questions about the security process, reach out to AskTSA on Twitter or Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team will happily answer even the most outlandish travel-related questions.

Want to know how many firearms we found last year? Check out our 2018 blog post.

Also, don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds video for 2018.

Want to learn more or see the other wacky finds? Follow us @TSA on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Jay Wagner

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

"Between May 27 and June 2, TSA screened 16.9 million passengers and found 95 firearms in carry-on bags. Of the 95 firearms discovered, 83 were loaded and 30 had a round chambered."
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Not to put to fine of a point on it but the firearms per passengers is still running around .00056213017%.

Don't get me wrong, I think anyone who tries to take a weapon on an aircraft should get punished. A stay in jail would be more impactful than a fine. It's pretty obvious that fines aren't getting the attention that's needed.

If you are a gun owner and don't know where the heck you have your weapon then we have bigger problems to deal with.

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"During the month of May, we discovered 11 more firearms than we did last May."

How many people flew last May compared to this May? Is the increase in guns found an indication of more air travelers?

Submitted by Jhon on

The fines need to be raised, big time.
The "I forgot it was there" response is not acceptable. Are these people so irresponsable in their daily lives?
You dont put personalized grips in a gun and then forget about it.

Submitted by Anon on

Good question, I don't have any suggestions for the first statement for the change in punishment for individuals who bring/attempt to bring firearms onto an aircraft but I do have some data on the previous year's passenger load for May - https://www.bts.gov/newsroom/may-2018-us-airline-traffic-data this is from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (a part of the US Department of transportation) is shows about 73.9 Million passengers for the month of May 2018. For this year, however, I do not know yet. It does takes time for that data to be compiled. I know it takes about 3 months for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics(BTS) to publish that data, TSA might be able to find the number faster then the BTS can, but I'm unsure.

Submitted by CB on

I believe the airports need to be a bit more proactive when it comes to informing travelers. Big signs should be posted at the entrance of every terminal informing travelers of the firearm policy and fines. This would be a great opportunity for TSA to come together as a community and have a sign contest. I personally have some amazing ideas for it.

Submitted by RB on

Haven't seen any posts by West for some time. Is he still with the TSA Blog?

Submitted by Steve Clymer on

This morning (June 17) my daughter went through TSA at Hilton Head Island Airport. In her possession was a Tupperware type container filled with peach cobbler. She was visiting for fathers day and we all pitched in to make this cobbler. She was taking some home to Washington DC. TSA took it away from her claiming it was a gel. I am appreciative of the difficult job TSA has to perform and understand its primary mission is to keep us all safe. However, I'm sure someone had a good lunch.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Steve Clymer on Mon, 2019-06-17 09:46
This morning (June 17) my daughter went through TSA at Hilton Head Island Airport. In her possession was a Tupperware type container filled with peach cobbler. She was visiting for fathers day and we all pitched in to make this cobbler. She was taking some home to Washington DC. TSA took it away from her claiming it was a gel. I am appreciative of the difficult job TSA has to perform and understand its primary mission is to keep us all safe. However, I'm sure someone had a good lunch.

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So at TSA pie is good to go but cobbler is a suspected bomb. TSA not keeping anyone safe!

Submitted by Hermann Fegelein on

Steve Clymer, the TSA clerks focus so hard on liquids and gels because that is ALL THEY KNOW HOW TO DO. You can get a knot of clerks all huddled together trying to figure out whether or not something is a liquid, when none of them has the least notion that whatever it is, is any kind of hazard. This is why TSA clerks miss 95% of weapons. Weapons appear infrequently; water bottles, pies, brownies, and breast milk appear all the time, so the clerks focus on the frequently-appearing items rather than maintain the attention required to detect infrequently appearing items. This is why they focused on your pie - it's easier than focusing their attention on detecting a gun if one appears, because a gun will likely not appear for weeks and weeks.

The TSA's job is not that difficult; it can be performed at a consistently high level of TSA clerks attend, pay attention to, and follow training, if they study and remember the rules, and if they maintain a focused and professional attitude. They do not do any of this; therefore the job is difficult.

The TSA's primary mission is, yes, to keep us all safe. But they don't. We are safe because there have been no attempts to attack aviation, not because the TSA presents any obstacle at all.

Submitted by West Cooper on

RB sez - "Haven't seen any posts by West for some time. Is he still with the TSA Blog?"

I am still here. I have just had other job responsbilities that have been keeping me really busy! It is nice to know that you still care RB, I appreciate it.

TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Susan Richart on

RB wrote: "So at TSA pie is good to go but cobbler is a suspected bomb. TSA not keeping anyone safe!"

And then there's this:

One can't bring the following on a flight:

a stick of butter, 4 oz. (8 tablespoons)
a can of condensed milk, 14 oz.
a brick of cream cheese, 8 oz
1/4 c. lemon juice

BUT

if you combine all the above into a no-bake cheesecake, which will contain

11 tablespoons of butter
28 oz. of condensed milk
16 oz. of cream cheese
4 oz. of lemon juice

you can bring it on board.

Submitted by RB on

I see that TSA has not bothered to apologize for posting porn links over the weekend. I have to wonder which unknown TSA blogger did that? Reading must be really hard for some TSA employees.

Submitted by RB on

Over two weeks with no updates. Didn't TSA find enough explosive water to post about?

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Submitted by Susan Richard "....if you combine all the above"

Careful Susan or you'll get that one agent all worked up and trying to shame you for listing ways to bypass the TSA Security.

PS - Thanks for the recipe, I know it's nothing exotic but a good cheesecake is a good cheesecake.