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
- An inert artillery round was discovered in a checked bag at Washington – Dulles (IAD). Three flights were delayed two hours and forty minutes while explosives specialists determined whether the round was live or not.
- An inert mortar round was discovered in a checked bag at San Antonio (SAT).
- Four inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Three were discovered in carry-on bags at Fayetteville (FAY), San Jose (SJC), and Jacksonville (JAX), and one was discovered in a checked bag at Alexandria (AEX).
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that is 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 discovered by our officers.
- A knife was discovered concealed inside a thermos at Detroit (DTW).
- A razorblade was discovered taped underneath the insole of a shoe at Grand Rapids (GRR).
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 – 21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), two at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Amarillo (AMA), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Dothan (DHN), Fairbanks (FAI), Fargo (FAR), King Salmon (AKN), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Oklahoma City (OKC), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PWM), Reno (RNO), Salt Lake City (SLC), and San Francisco (SFO).
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 $11,000. 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.
*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.