Modified laptop, airbag, knives and guns found by TSA

Ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage

59 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 59 firearms, 53 were loaded and 20 had rounds chambered.

Modified Laptop at FLL – This modified laptop appeared as a potential threat item on the X-ray monitor, and a result, the airport incurred a 49 minute evacuation of the checked baggage screening area while explosive detection professionals cleared the item. In addition to packing electronics properly to avoid a delay during screening, we recommend that you pack laptop computers and other valuables in checked baggage.

Modified laptop discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
Modified laptop discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
Airbag discovered at Sacramento (SMF).
Airbag discovered at Sacramento (SMF).

Airbag – An airbag was discovered in a carry-on bag in Sacramento (SMF). According to the FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Material, airbag actuators are on the list of hazardous materials and are prohibited from transport aboard passenger aircraft. Read more info on why airbags are prohibited here.

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was found by our officers.

  • A folding knife was detected inside the battery compartment of a flashlight in a carry-on bag at Minneapolis – St. Paul (MSP).

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.

L-R: Inert grenades discovered in carry-on bags at LAX & LAS
L-R: Inert grenades discovered in carry-on bags at LAX & LAS
Clockwise from top left: Punching Weapon (CHS), Throwing Knives (ORD), Throwing Star (MCO), M-80 Fireworks (TUS), Brass Knuckle Cellphone Case (ALB)
Clockwise from top left: Punching Weapon (CHS), Throwing Knives (ORD), Throwing Star (MCO), M-80 Fireworks (TUS), Brass Knuckle Cellphone Case (ALB)

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.

Stun Guns – 11 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Burbank (BUR), Chicago Midway (MDW), Fayetteville (FAY), Gulfport (GPT), Gunnison (GUC), Kansas City (MCI), Reno (RNO), and San Francisco (SFO).

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.

Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: BNA, CMH, MSY & BIL
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: BNA, CMH, MSY & BIL
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: RNO, LAS, STL, ATL, JAX & HRL
Clockwise from top left corner, firearms discovered in carry-on bags at: RNO, LAS, STL, ATL, JAX & HRL
L-R: Firearms discovered in carry-on bags at:ORF & LAS
L-R: Firearms discovered in carry-on bags at:ORF & LAS

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*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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