In total, 3,391 firearms were found in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints across the country in 2016, averaging more than nine per day, the TSA said in a Jan. 12, 2016 blog post.
In addition to firearms, passengers last year attempted to bring gun powder on planes, the TSA said. It said passengers tried to travel with “many hazardous items.”
The TSA said officers discover inert items that look realistic.
“The problem with these types of items is that we don’t know if they are real, toys or replicas until TSA explosives experts are called upon,” the TSA said, noting that such items can lead to disruption that could result in canceled or delayed flights.
“Pictured here are just a few examples of times our officers discovered inert grenades in carry-on and checked bags last year,” the TSA said.
“Our officers discover thousands upon thousands of sharp items in carry-on bags every year,” the TSA said.
These are a few of them.
The TSA said cane swords have also been discovered.
Some of the concealed items discovered in carry-on bags last year include a pen knife, belt buckle knife, lipstick knife, comb knife, flashlight knife and lipstick stun gun, among other items, the TSA said.