TSA Week In Review: June 25th – July 15th

Friday, July 20, 2018

TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,066 per violation per person for prohibited items violations and violations of other TSA regulations. Repeat violations will result in higher penalties. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage.

Some airlines policies may differ from TSA’s. We strongly suggest travelers contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.

If packed properly, ammunition can be transported in checked-baggage. Left to right, the ammunition pictured here was discovered in carry-on bags at ALB, ALB, AUS, BUR, BUR, LAS, MSO, MSY, SBA and SHV.

You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with ammunition in checked baggage.

A large kitchen knife was discovered concealed inside of a child’s car seat at the LaGuardia International Airport (LGA). Knives are not allowed to be carried on with your belongings, and concealed knives can lead to hefty fines, arrests, and a missed flights.

We don’t know if replica or inert items are live until our explosives professionals take a closer look and eventually open the bag. That takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Real, inert, or anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Left to right, the items pictured here were discovered in carry-on and checked bags at SLC, OAJ, DEN, DEN, and IAH.

From left to right, these are just some of the notable prohibited items that were discovered in carry-on bags. They were discovered at ATL, AUS, BNA, BNA, CID, CMH, DEN, DEN, MDW and SAN. While these items are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage. However, familiarize yourself with local laws as concealed weapons and martial arts weapons are illegal in parts of the U.S.

Fireworks are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags. The fireworks pictured here are just some of the fireworks discovered recently. These were discovered in carry-on and checked bags at ABQ, BNA, BWI, CID, JFK, LAS, OWB, PIT and RIC.

Checkpoint and checked baggage screening acts as a deterrent to keep those with ill will from attempting to cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft. In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also 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 too numerous to note.

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. 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 read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds videos for 2016 & 2017.

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