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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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CNN Political Commentator Says She Was Subjected to ‘Vaginal Pat Down’ at Detroit Airport

Detroit Metro Airport, via Wikipedia

Detroit Metro Airport, via Wikipedia

CNN political commentator Angela Rye said she was subjected to an invasive “vaginal pat down” at Detroit Metro Airport.

Rye, who wrote about the experience in an op-ed on CNN’s website, said she was told she was randomly chosen for additional screening, despite having a TSA Precheck status and is a CLEAR traveler. 

After being told that a female TSA agent would do “a backhanded pat around the upper thigh,” the search went beyond that, she wrote:

The pat-down began and was uneventful until she went down my leg, up my dress, and her hand sideways hits me right in the crack of my labia. Startled, I jump and feel a lump in my throat trying to hold back tears. What happened to the back handed pat-down?

She comes around to the front; I grow nervous and pull back a bit, afraid of the same thing happening ― and her sideways hand hits in the middle of my genitals again. I can no longer hold back the tears. 

Rye said she was told she would be escorted from the airport if she didn’t agree to the pat-down.

“Of course, we want America to be safe and protected,” Rye wrote. “But we should not violate the emotional and physical safety of our nation’s citizens at the same time.”

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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Federal Prosecutors Ask for Life Sentence for Convicted LAX Shooter

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to impose a life sentence on Paul Ciancia, the man killed a TSA officer and wounded there other people when he opened fire inside a Los Angele International Airport terminal, MyNewsLA.com reports. 

Ciancia “plotted to commit mass murder at one of the nation’s foremost transportation hubs, murdered a beloved public servant in cold blood, seriously injured two other federal officers whom he shot and was attempting to kill, shot and injured a passenger who was traveling to attend a wedding, and terrified hundreds of other passengers and employees at LAX who feared for their lives and the safety of their families,” according to the document filed in advance of Ciancia’s Nov. 7 sentencing hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez was killed and two additional TSA officers were wounded. Also injured was a teacher, Brian Ludmer.

“This decision will require the Bureau of Prisons to balance several important factors, including considerations of facility security and the safety of federal prison workers in light of defendant’s mental condition and the fact that he continues to subscribe to the belief structure that contributed to the commission of his crimes,” the prosecutor wrote.

Ciancia pleaded guilty to 11 counts of murder and other charges on Sept. 6. He dodged the death penalty by entering into a plea agreement.

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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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TSA Admits Air Marshals Aren’t on Flights to Cuba As Promised

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When commercial flights to Cuba resumed for the first time in 50 years, President Obama’s administration pledged that air marshals would be onboard.

Turns out, that’s not happening, CBSMiami reports. 

“As of today, are there any federal air marshals allowed on any non-chartered flights between the United States and Cuba?” Rep. John Katko, R-New York asked a TSA official.

“No sir,” a Transportation Security Administration official responded.

Katko called out the TSA for providing false information to the American public.

“Federal air marshals serve as a last line of defense against terrorism,” Katko said. “You mislead the American public when you issued that press release saying that it was going to be on select commercial flights and you did it at a time when flights were about to start.”

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Man Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Pleads Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport because he was angry about security checks pleaded guilty to murder and 10 other charges on Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia pleaded as part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep him off death row. Instead, he will face mandatory life in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint in November 2013. Three other TSA officers were injured.

Ciancia was captured on security cameras as he stalked his victims.

A note from Ciancia said he was angry with airport security checks.

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