|Disassembled .22 caliber firearm (JFK)
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It's important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you
are not carrying any prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered
in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested
by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited
items were found by our officers in strange places.
- A disassembled .22 caliber firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at
the New York Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Various components of
the gun were found hidden inside a PlayStation 2 console and others were
tucked alongside a tripod, and among the belongings of the traveler. TSA
officers have detected more than 2,100 guns at airport checkpoints so
far this calendar year.
- A sword cane was discovered at Newark (EWR).
- A six-inch knife was discovered concealed underneath the lining of a bag
at Anchorage (ANC).
|Gift Wrapped Knife (AUS)
Gift Wrapped Knife - A five-inch knife was discovered in a gift wrapped package at Austin (AUS).
This is just one example of why we don't encourage wrapped gifts.
We recommend waiting until you land to wrap them. If there's something
in the gift that needs to be inspected, we may have to open it. Instead
of wrapping a gift you're traveling with, you could use a gift bag instead.
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis.
Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine,
etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they
can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals
must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you
are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.
Read here on why inert items cause problems.
- A WWII era military blasting machine was discovered in a checked bag at
- An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).
|WWII Blasting Machine (ATL)
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items
– In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers
also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb
and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and
many other prohibited items too numerous to note.
|Large cake knife (ORD)
Stun Guns – 12 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Anchorage
(ANC), Buffalo (BUF), Burlington (BTV), Colorado Springs (COS), Denver
(DEN), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Ontario (ONT), Las Vegas (LAS), Rapid City
(RAP), San Diego (SAN), San Jose (SJC), and St. Louis (STL).
|Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at (HOU).
34 Firearms Discovered This Week
– Of the
29 were loaded and
13 had rounds chambered.
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: AMA, BNA, JAN, LBB & MCO
|Clockwise from top left, firearms discovered at: MCI, MIA & MCI
|Top to bottom, firearms discovered at: ABQ & BNA
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked
baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from
a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what
is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year
numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers
and not estimates.
You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first
be declared to the airline.
You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms.
Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize
themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel
prior to departure.
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.
The passenger can face a penalty as high as
$7,500. 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 seen it yet, make sure you check out our
TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013
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