Concealed knives and firearms confiscated from airline travelers

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality

(TSA) – TSA discovered 71 firearms this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 71 firearms discovered, 56 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered in the last week. See a complete list below.


Clockwise from the top, these prohibited items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, BOI, BIL, HOU, BOI, SFO, BNA and CLT.


This pen-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI). All knives are prohibited. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags.


This belt-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (HOU). As with the pen-knife above, concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags.

tsa102116_5In 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.

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

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.

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