TSA tally: 40 guns among items found at airport checkpoints

Geeky, I know, but I really look forward to reading the TSA.gov weekly blog post offering a round-up of items TSA officers find at airport checkpoints. The list is always scary, alarming, puzzling and just plain sad. How can so many people just “forget” they’ve got a loaded gun and a large quantity of bullets in a purse or travel bag?

According to the TSA blog, last week 40 firearms – 29 loaded – were found in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints around the country. Some of the people carrying the guns received citations; others got arrested.

Other items on the list this week include 11 stun guns, including one that looks just like a cell phone, and a live blasting cap, a bomb component which TSA’s Blogger Bob Burns helpfully explains, is “a small explosive charge that sets off a larger explosive charge.”

Photos courtesy TSA.

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One thought on “TSA tally: 40 guns among items found at airport checkpoints

  1. Bill Fisher says:

    After $60 billion dollars wasted by TSA on scanners, groping children, harassing Congressmen, robbing travelers and strip searching elderly women, every item TSA finds is by using the x-ray belts in use for 25 years, not by scanning and groping travelers.

    TSA still has not caught one terrorist after 10 years.

    As usual, the passengers had no ill intention and never has one of these finds been even remotely linked to a terrorist plot.

    TSA makes a big production out of a forgetful passenger like its national news. Do police and firefighters make a big deal about doing their jobs? And those really are actually important and dangerous jobs. TSA’s job of groping children and the elderly is just offensive.

    TSA tries to justify its miserable existence with these idiotic reports which only demonstrate that TSA accomplishes nothing that wasn’t being done by private screeners at a fraction of the cost.

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