(TSA BLOG) – 58 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 58 firearms discovered, 52 were loaded and 13 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.
A powder horn full of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ). Black powder and all other forms of gun powder are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.
A live M18 red smoke grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Boise (BOI).
Three machetes were discovered this week in carry-on bags in two separate incidents at Houston (IAH). Machetes must be packed in checked baggage.
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 pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.
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.