Courtesy of the TSA Blog!
After screening 637,582,122 passengers in 2012 (around 1,746,800 a day), here are some of the more dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. This post is a reflection of the outstanding work our officers are doing in the field thanks to their vigilance and attention to detail.
Here are a few of the more notable firearm incidents:
- A Portland (PDX) passenger put apistol in potted plant, presumably in an effort to sneak it past us.
- A passenger at Providence TF Green Airport (PVD) had a disassembled gun and ammunition concealed in three stuffed animals.
- A pen pistol was discovered at Allentown (ABE).
- A 22 caliber magazine was discovered wrapped in aluminum foil inside a DVD player at Fresno (FAT).
- A BB gun in a book was discovered at Fargo (FAR).
- A gun in a hollowed out book was discovered at Honolulu (HNL).
- A live 40mm high explosive grenadewas discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
- A bottle wrapped in black electrical tape and filled with flash powder, and three M-80 fireworks was discovered at Philadelphia (PHL).
- A black powder flask filled with 5oz. of black powder was discovered at Syracuse (SYR).
- An explosively-viable cannonballwas discovered in checked baggage at Ft Lauderdale (FLL).
- A live blasting cap was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Redmond (RDM).
- Seal Bombs were discovered in a carry-on bag at Seattle (SEA).
- Gunpowder was discovered in a checked bag at Boston (BOS).
- 22 black powder pellets were discovered in checked baggage at Salt Lake City (SLC).
- Officers discovered a 16oz. can of black powder in checked baggage at Anchorage (ANC).
- Six lbs. of black powder, detonation cords, and timing fuse were discovered at Grand Junction (GJT)
- 15 tubes of black powder were discovered in checked baggage at Denver (DEN).
- A powder horn with approximately three ounces of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Little Rock (LIT).
- A live flash bang grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). Along with the grenade were 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
- An inert IED with a block of simulated SEMTEX-H, and a simulated blasting cap were discovered in checked baggage at Columbus (CSG).
- An inert detonator was discovered in a passenger’s pocket during a pat-down search after a Charleston (CHS) passenger alarmed the body scanner.
- A strange watch resembling an IED component was discovered at Oakland (OAK).
- An expended AT-4 rocket launcherwas discovered in checked baggage at Latrobe (LBE).
- A grenade launcher was discovered in checked baggage at Seattle Tacoma (SEA)
- An M147 firing device with blasting cap taped to it was discovered in checked baggage at Reno (RNO).
- Several replica Claymore antipersonnel mines were discovered at Newark (EWR), Guam (GUM), and Tulsa (TUL).
- More inert grenades than you would ever imagine. Seven were discovered in just one week last December.
- Several inert warheads were discovered this year at Salt Lake City (SLC), Providence (PVD), NYL (Yuma) and Richmond ( RIC).
- Inert mortar and bazooka rounds were discovered at ElPaso (ELP),Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW), andTucson (TUS).
- Inert explosive components were discovered in a golf club case in checked baggage at Austin (AUS).
- Simulated Semtex-H was discovered in a carry-on bag at Fort Walton Beach (VPS).
- A passenger at Norfolk (ORF) hadsimulated detonating cord, simulated sheet explosives, and two 3.5 ounce cans of propane in his checked bag.
And of course, there are those items that fit into the odd/interesting category. A few examples would be bear mace in a sock, a spear gun, dead venomous snakes, a chastity belt, more cane swords than you could shake a cane sword at, a shocking amount of stun guns, a gassed up chainsaw, an 8oz. bottle of vodka discovered in a passenger’s pants, a knife mounted on a walker, eels, prohibited bling, a marijuana filled grenade, anotherspeargun, samurai swords, a stun cane, and jingle bell shotgun shells.