|This loaded firearm and knife were discovered in a carry-on bag at Myrtle
34 Firearms Discovered This Week
– Of the
27 were loaded and
5 had rounds chambered.
|Inert Grenade Fishing Lure (ANC)
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.
- Two inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Indianapolis
(IND) and Anchorage (ANC).
- Several inert training fireworks were discovered at Phoenix (PHX).
|Inert Fireworks Used For Training (PHX)
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items
– In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, 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.
|Knuckle-Knife (GTF) & Fireworks (DEN)
- 21 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered
at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Sacramento (SMF), and the remainder were
discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O'Hare
(ORD), Detroit (DTW), Duluth (DLH), Grand Forks (GFK), New York LaGuardia
(LGA), Oakland (OAK), Ontario (ONT), Orlando (MCO), Palm Beach (PBI),
Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Francisco (SFO),
St. Louis (STL), and Stockton (SCK).
– When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked
baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.
|Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered at: ATL, LEX, CHO,
CID, SMF, BOI & BIL
*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.
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