During the year I enjoyed reading The TSA Blog, finding out some of the crazy things that they found people trying to sneak through security screenings at airports around the country.
Some of these things were really mind-blowing and I even wrote a bunch of blog posts to share what the TSA had found.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the TSA’s finds. Since they posted about their 2014 Year In Review, I figured it was time for another, related post.
Here are some of my previous TSA-related posts:
- TSA Finds Smartphone Cast Knife At Boston Airport
- TSA Finds Sharp Throwing Star At Dallas- Love Field
- TSA Finds For The Week: Comb Dagger, Lipstick Knife & More
- See What The TSA Found Now!
- Loaded Gun Seized from 94 Year Old At LaGuardia Airport
The TSA had a very busy year screening over 653 million passengers in 2014 which comes to around 1.8 million per day!
With tighter security measures in place you’d think that people would know to leave their firearms, knives or other dangerous weapons at home. However, quite a few just can not resist…
According to The TSA Blog, “2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than six firearms per day. Of those, 1,835 (83 percent) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 224 airports; 19 more airports than last year“.
Based on the numbers alone, that’s a pretty scary thought. The TSA has caught so many people with dangerous weapons at the airport, but I wonder how many people were able to successfully sneak their weapons through.
The TSA shared their Top 10 Airports for Gun Catches in 2014. Here are the Top 3:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
(I was happy to see that none of the three NYC area airports cracked the Top 10.)
Firearms weren’t the only dangerous items that people tried to sneak through. There were also grenades, fireworks, inert explosives among other items.
Many also tried to hide items to look like other things like “sword canes, credit card knives, comb/ brush knives” and more.
Here is one of my favorite hidden weapons that was discovered in 2014:
Who thinks to hide a knife inside of an enchilada? Crazy!!!
The TSA shared many other things that they discovered in their 2014 Year In Review. Find out more on the TSA blog here.
- Wash Post Travel: Don’t Pet The TSA Dogs, Collect The Cards
- An Airport Animal Encounter
- Actress Brings Knife On Plane, Tweets TSA