US Passengers Continue to Pack Guns & Grenades


In addition to a spike in the number of guns found each day at checkpoints recently, we continue to find hand grenades and other ordnance on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if something looks like a bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. And when these items are found at the checkpoint, they can cause significant delays to you and other passengers. I know they are cool novelty items; I use to own a few. But again, please don’t take them on planes! Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

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An inert grenade was discovered in a checked bag at Seattle (SEA) which resulted in a baggage screening room evacuation.

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An inert grenade was discovered at Seattle (STL).

An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at

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LaGuardia (LGA) which resulted in a checkpoint closure.

An inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Milwaukee (MKE).

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An Airsoft grenade (used by war game enthusiasts) was discovered in a checked bag at Phoenix (PHX) which resulted in an evacuation of the checked baggage area.

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Items in the Strangest Places – It’s one thing to forget you had a prohibited item in your bag, but when you intentionally try to sneak it past us, you could be cited or even arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where passengers tried to sneak items past our Officers.

A dagger concealed in the handle of a hairbrush was discovered at Minneapolis (MSP).

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A knife was found concealed in a shoe at Bethel (BET).
Officers in Philadelphia (PHL) found a toiletry kit with undeclared liquids over 3.4 concealed under the clothing of a passenger in a wheelchair during the screening process.

A knife was discovered taped to the underside of a bag handle under the lining at St. Louis (STL).

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A knife was found concealed in a binder at Rapid City (RAP).

A bottle of lotion was discovered in a passenger’s slacks at Phoenix (PHX). The first time she brought it through, it was in her bag.

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A pocketknife was discovered sewn into the lining of a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ).

Stun Guns – 5 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation at: Lynchburg (LYH), Reno (RNO), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Burbank (BUR)

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Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things. Just to mention a few…

Source: U.S. Transportation Security Administration