The Transportation Security Administration has offered a look at the unusual items their officers found in 2012, after screening 637,582,122 passengers throughout the year. Thanks to TSA officers, 1,543 of various types of firearms were discovered in carry-on bags and surprisingly 1,215 of those guns were loaded.
Media has no problem reporting on TSA's mismanaged airport screening of passengers that gives the appearance that their officers are improperly trained but every day TSA officers handle very scary and dangerous items that saves the public from explosive situations. A few of the items that passengers attempted to get past TSA officers are:
- A live 40mm high explosive grenade was discovered at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
- An explosively-viable cannonball was discovered in checked baggage at Ft Lauderdale (FLL).
- Six lbs. of black powder, detonation cords, and timing fuse were discovered at Grand Junction (GJT)
- A live flash bang grenade was discovered in checked baggage at Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). Along with the grenade were 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
Flight delays, cancellations, closed terminals and check points are not only caused by bad weather or a temporary breakdown in the system, many times they are caused by passengers lack of thought when they pack their replica or fake weaponry. Delays are probably caused for this reason more times then not. A few of these items include:
- A strange watch resembling an IED component was discovered at Oakland (OAK).
- A grenade launcher was discovered in checked baggage at Seattle Tacoma (SEA)
- Fake mortar and bazooka rounds were discovered at ElPaso (ELP), Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW), and Tucson (TUS).
- Replica grenades were discovered in two separate golf bags at Charleston (CHS) after they both alarmed in checked baggage.
Other scary objects that have been found in passengers luggage include items like a spear gun, a marijuana filled grenade, samurai swords, machetes, knives and brass knuckles.
Read more about this on the TSA blog.