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TSA Reveals Top 10 Most Bizarre Findings at Airport Checkpoints

Cattle prod inside a guitar case at Washington Dulles International Airport. Photo via TSA

By Steve Neavling

From a cattle prod in a guitar case to an inert grenade, the TSA revealed its 10 most unusual findings at airport checkpoints in 2022.

The list is revealed in a video, which counts down to the No. 1 strangest item – fentanyl inside candy wrappers, and each is accompanied with a clever clip. 

Most of the bizarre discoveries were weapons hidden inside everyday items. One was a knife in a laptop, and others were guns hidden in a Play Station, an arm sling, a jar of peanut butter, and even a raw chicken. 

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TSA on Track to Seize Record Number of Guns This Year

Firearms discovered by the TSA. Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling

The TSA is on pace to confiscate a record number of guns at airport security checkpoints in 2022 – and most of the firearms were loaded. 

As of Monday, TSA agents seized 5,832 firearms so far this year, and nearly 88% were loaded, according to the agency. 

Last year’s record was 5,972. Before 2021, the the previous record was 4,400 seizures in 2019.  

The record seizures come as more Americans are carrying firearms. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport led the nation in gun seizures this year at 407, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with 340 and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston with 268. 

TSA on Track to Set Another Record for Gun Seizures at Airport Checkpoints

By Steve Neavling

The TSA is on track to set another record for the most guns seized at airport checkpoints, the agency announced Thursday. 

The agency seized more than 3,000 guns at checkpoints nationwide in the first six months of this year. 

That’s an average of 17 guns per day. 

The TSA set a record last year with 5,972 gun seizures. That was a 35% increase over the previous year. https://www.ticklethewire.com/2022/01/19/record-number-of-firearms-discovered-at-airport-checkpoints-in-2021/

TSA Removes COVID-19 Employee Information After Mask Mandate Lifted

By Steve Neavling

The TSA is no longer reporting the number of its employees who are actively infected with COVID-19, Forbes first reported.

The move came after a federal judge struck down the mask mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. 

As of last month, when the agency was still posting the number of positive cases among TSA employees, nearly 23,000 of its workers had been infected by COVID-19 and 36 had died, more than any other federal agency. 

The agency removed the number of total confirmed cases, as well as a list of airports and the number of employees who were infected at each. 

“TSA was among the only agencies to report its infection information so transparently,” a TSA spokesperson told Forbes via email.

On Monday, Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Florida judge who was appointed by President Donald Trump, struck down the mask requirement on airplanes, trains, buses, and other public transportation. 

The Justice Department said Wednesday that it is appealing the decision. 

TSA, Hammered by COVID-19 Infections, Issued 922 Fines for Face Mask Violations During Pandemic

By Steve Neavling

The TSA issued 922 fines totaling more than $644,000 for face mask violations on airplanes, airports and surface transportation since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a General Accounting Office report.

In all, the TSA investigated 3,815 incidents of alleged face mask violations between February 2021 and March 7, 2022. The agency issued 2,709 warning notices and took no action in 180 of the incidents. 

The average fine was $634. 

The TSA issued a mask mandate beginning in February 2021. 

No federal agency was more impacted by COVID-19 infections than the TSA. 

A total of 22,354 TSA employees tested positive for COVID-19, and 36 have died, according to TSA data.

Record Number of Firearms Discovered at Airport Checkpoints in 2021

By Steve Neavling

The TSA seized nearly 6,000 guns at airport checkpoints nationwide in 2021, a record amount for a single year and a 35% increase over the previous year. 

The TSA said 86% of the 5,972 guns were loaded. 

The most firearms – 507 – were seized at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The second most – 317 – were discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport came in third, with 245 firearms. 

Rounding out the top 10 were:

4. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 196

5. Nashville International airpot, 163

6. Denver International Airpot, 141

7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 128

8. Orlando International Airport, 124

9. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, 119

10. Salt Lake City International Airport, 115

The number of firearms discovered at checkpoints has been increasing nearly every year since 2008: 

TSA Reveals Top 10 ‘Good Catches’ of 2020, Including a Meth Burrito

By Steve Neavling

From a gun-shaped wine holder to methamphetamine stuffed in a burrito, TSA officers found some unusual items in 2021. 

TSA released its “Top 10 Catches of 2021,” which lists its most bizarre findings by airport security workers.

The list is revealed in a video, which counts down to the No. 1 strangest item, and each is accompanied by a clever quip. 

The idea is to remind passengers of the kinds of items they’re not allowed to take on a plane. 

Here’s the list: 

1. Chainsaw, found at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

2. A revolver-shaped wine bottle holder, found at Sacramento International Airport.

3. Fireworks, found at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

4. A “heavy-duty” machete, found at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

5. Bear spray, found at Destin-Fort-Walton Beach Airport.

6. A “well-worn” cleaver, found at Harrisburg International Airport.

7. A firearm-shaped belt buckle, found at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

8. Meth hidden in a breakfast burrito, found at William P. Hobby Airport.

9. An antique revolver, found at Newark Liberty International Airport.

10. Bullets in a stick of deodorant, found at Atlantic City International Airport.

The 2020 list included firearms, a grenade, and a jar with a dead baby shark. 

TSA Employees Hit Hardest by COVID-19, with More Than 12,500 Workers Infected

By Steve Neavling

More than 12,500 TSA employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. 

Of those, 33 have died, according to TSA data.

No federal agency has been harder hit by the virus than the TSA. 

Most of the infected employees are screening officers, who have frequent contact with travelers. 

Miami International led the nation in COVID-19 infections, with 658 employees testing positive. John F. Kennedy International in New York followed with 546, and Los Angeles International Airport had  452.

Other airpots with at least 200 infected TSA employees:  

Newark Liberty International 455

Chicago O’Hare International 444

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International 418

Orlando International 404 

Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport 391

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International 374

George Bush Intercontinental in Houston 316

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas 276

Phoenix Sky Harbor International 273

Logan International in Boston 259

Philadelphia International 217

LaGuardia in New York 214

Denver International 206