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  • November 06, 2014 | 38 (# of comments)
    As of close of business Tuesday night, a record breaking 1,855 firearms had been discovered in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints nationwide. Of those, 1,471 (79%) were loaded.In a statement yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said...
  • March 26, 2012 | 35 (# of comments)
    If you read our Week in Review posts here on the TSA Blog, you know that it’s not uncommon for our officers to find guns, knives, ammo, and even the occasional debrainer.However, we’re not used to finding so many things on one passenger. At...
  • December 21, 2011 | 75 (# of comments)
    They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case, it’s a book titled: Ninja:The Shadow Warrior. This is exactly what I’d expect to find in a book with that title. I couldn’t resist with the title of this blog post, but we didn’t...
  • December 09, 2011 | 23 (# of comments)
    5 Grenades Grenading (EWR)5 grenades “grenading” and a partridge in a pear tree! Not one, but 5 inert grenades were discovered in a passenger’s checked luggage at Newark (EWR). Read here and here why even inert grenades at the airport are a problem...
  • December 01, 2011 | 45 (# of comments)
    Transportation Security Officers at LAX were “stunned” when they discovered a smart phone. Not just any smart phone… It was a cute little pink smartphone that gave a whole new meaning to “bad connection.” It was a stun gun. Law enforcement...
  • November 04, 2011 | 48 (# of comments)
    The Gift of Grenade (BHM)Grandma's Grenade (SLC)An inert grenade was found in a passenger’s bag at Salt Lake City (SLC). It turns out that the passenger’s grandson had packed her bag. I’m sure you can imagine grandma’s surprise! Moral of the story:...
  • November 01, 2011 | 69 (# of comments)
    Boots with gun barrel heel and bullets Photo courtesy of TSA-JFKHalloween. Dress up in a scary costume, visit some neighbors, shout, “Trick or treat!” and race home to see what’s inside the bag. That’s the normal spiel, but passengers at airports...
  • October 28, 2011 | 56 (# of comments)
    Can Shown Not Actual Can (Courtesy of Eric Kilby)A lot of passengers simply forget that they have certain items in their bags, but when a prohibited item is intentionally concealed, it’s called anartfully concealed item. We had several of these this...
  • October 21, 2011 | 85 (# of comments)
    Landmines Found at SLCYes, you read the title correctly. Landmines… TSA officers found in checked baggage at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) after our Explosive Detection System alarmed. SLC Explosive Ordnance Disposal arrived on the...
  • October 14, 2011 | 38 (# of comments)
    Stock Photo of Lipstick KnifeIt was business as usual at the checkpoints again this past week.A passenger at MCO gave us a good example of something you should never say during screening: "You better check me close. I am about to blow." After...

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