TSA Finds Live Flashbang Grenade, 69 Firearms & More Last Week

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents discovered 69 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation.

Of the 69 firearms discovered, 58 were loaded and 16 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage. 


All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last week.

See complete lists below.

Flashbang Grenade

A live flashbang grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at the San Diego International Airport (SAN).

A flashbang grenade is a non-lethal explosive device used to disorient. They are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags.

Inert Grenades
Seven inert grenades were discovered last week. Four in carry-on bags and three in a checked bag.

Clockwise from the top left, the grenades were discovered by TSA agents at ATW, IAD, KOA, PDX, SJU and PDX.

We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line.

It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation.

Real, inert, or anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.


Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at HGR, JNU, ANC, BNA, BNA, ORD, DTW and LAX.

While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Firearm Discovery Chart*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates. 

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds.

Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.

This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home.

Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide.

In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.