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Dozens of Firearms Discovered at Airports Nationwide During Holiday Travel Break

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

Firearms discovered by the TSA during the holiday travel period. Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During the busy holiday travel break, the TSA found 80 firearms in carry-on bags at airports nationwide.

Of the 80 firearms, 65 were loaded, according to a weekly TSA blog. A round was chambered in 26 of the guns.

TSA officials also found four tubes of gun powder in a checked bag at Sioux Falls.

Officials also found grenades in checked bags at New Bern and Raleigh-Durham. Two swords were discovered in a carry-on in Atlanta.

Despite the TSA’s constant reminders about banned items, travelers continue to try to carry firearms and other weapons in carry-on bags.

Travelers are permitted to bring firearms in their checked baggage if they declare them with the airline.

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Corpse And Post-Apocalyptic Gas Mask Among Bizarre Discoveries at Airports

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From a corpse to a post-apocalyptic gas mask, the TSA has found some bizarre items from travelers in 2016.

Here is the top 10 list compiled by TSA:

10) Hand Grenade Trailer Hitch Cover: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) 

9) Hello Kitty Firearm: Bradley International Airport (BDL) 

8) Negan’s Bat Lucille: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 

7) Golden Hand Grenade: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) 

6) Replica Suicide Vest: Richmond International Airport (RIC) 

5) Bladed Dragon Claw: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 

4) Dead Seahorses in Brandy Bottle: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) 

3) Five-Bladed Flogger: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) 

2) Post-Apocalyptic Bullet Adorned Gas Mask: Miami International Airport (MIA) 

1) Movie Prop Corpse: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) 

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TSA Confiscated 22,000+ Prohibited Weapons from Carry-On Bags in 2015

Guns seized by the TSA.

Guns seized by the TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA confiscated 22,196 prohibited weapons from checked carry-on bags in 2015.

Of those, 2,653 were guns, and 83% of them were loaded. That’s a record number of guns confiscated by the TSA, The Week reports. 

Denver International Airport had the most confiscations, with more than 1,000 dangerous items found in carry-on bags.

Among the confiscated weapons were firearms, ammunition, knives, stun guns, mace, fireworks and hand grenades.

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TSA Found 75 Guns, 3 Grenades, Numerous Knives in Carry-On Bags in 1 Week

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA made some frightening discoveries in carry-on bags at airports across the country last week.

Screeners found 75 firearms, 66 of which were loaded, bear repellent, numerous knives and there realistic replica grenades, the TSA reported. 

The TSA wrote:

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. 

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.

Passengers face penalties of up to $11,000 for bringing prohibited items to airports in carry-on bags.

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DEA Has Seized More Than $203M in Cash at Airports, But Rarely Makes Arrests

money-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has seized more than $203 million in cash at 15 major airports as part of an effort to stop narcotics traffickers between 2005 and mid-2015.

But the USA Today found that the DEA rarely uses information to make arrests or build criminal cases.

In most cases, the DEA seized the money and gave the suspected drug couriers a receipt for cash without filing charges. At times, more than $50,000 has been confiscated.

Trouble is, it’s difficult for travelers to get their money back. Much of the cash is sent to local police departments to assist in the drug crackdown.

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TSA: Batman Fans, Don’t Carry Your Superhero Weapons onto Planes

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.28.00 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sorry, Batman fans. You can’t carry your superhero weapons onto planes.

The TSA has reported an influx of people trying to bring aboard “batarangs,” which are sharp, bat-shaped weapons, NPR reports. 

The “batarangs” are being confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA said the weapons should be “placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.”

The TSA said it occasionally has problems with people thinking they can bring superhero weapons on to a flight.

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TSA Finds 74 Firearms, 3 Grenades, Cleaver, Knife at Airports in One Week

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how often the TSA reminds airline passengers not to bring weapons on carry-on bags, security continues to find guns, grenades and other weapons.

In the week spanning from July 22-29, for example, TSA officers found 74 firearms, three inert grenades, a cleaver and several pocketknives, Fox News reports. 

Of the 74 guns found, 65 were loaded.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds,” TSA Social Media Team member Bob Burns wrote on the blog. “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.”

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Lawmakers Admonish TSA for ‘Bloated Bureaucracy,’ Failing to Discipline Wrongdoers

airport scanner 2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA received a scolding from lawmakers during a House subcommittee Thursday.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.,, said the TSA is a “bloated bureaucracy” that tolerates “corrupt, insolent” airport security.

“Every American should be outraged by these allegations,” Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., said at a Capitol Hill hearing on the TSA. “Egregious misconduct occurs on all levels of the TSA and is growing.”

Perry said misconduct by TSA employees grew by 29% between 2013 and 2015.

The hearing follows a report by the House Homeland Security Committee that concluded “employee misconduct of all types corrupts TSA’s core mission to protect the traveling public and poses serious security vulnerabilities.”

“Half of TSA’s [almost 60,000] workforce allegedly committed misconduct from 2013-2015,” Perry said, citing data from the report. “Almost half of that number did so repeatedly.”