TSA Week in Review: November 13th - 19th - 67 Firearms, An Inert Howitzer Round and More

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TSA discovered 67 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000. 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.

All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week. See complete lists below.

This inert M107 Howitzer projectile was discovered in a checked bag at the San Jose International Airport (SJC). We donít know items are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and 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 is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at LAS, IAH, CLE and ABQ. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

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.

*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.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, itís 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 havenít read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And donít forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video!

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Bob Burns