TSA officers find gun magazines hidden in an infant toy

There’s a reason that Transportation Security Administration screens everything.

TSA officers discovered two high capacity magazines in an infant’s toy at the Orlando International Airport that was made to look factory-sealed. The security agency disclosed the discover in its “Week in Review” post covering Nov. 4 through Nov. 17.

The magazines in the toy were among 205 firearms found in carry-on bags between Nov 4 and Nov. 17. Of that number, 176 were loaded. During that period, 31.7 million passengers were screened by TSA, according to the post written by Jay Wagner.

“This case also elucidates the reason why the TSA must and does screen everything that is heading for the aircraft in order to keep you safe every day,” Sari Koshetz, TSA spokesperson, told USA TODAY in an email.

TSA confiscated the magazines and called in the Orlando Police Department. 

David Baker, spokesperson for Orlando Police Department, told USA TODAY in an email that an officer responded to the call from TSA on Nov. 12.

“It was determined that the magazines were empty and did not have any ammunition,” Baker explained. ” As a result, no crime was committed and no police action was taken.”

After interviewing the woman who was carrying them, the police cleared her to travel, without the magazines, according to TSA.

“The discovery is a testament to the fact that our officers are highly trained to find possible threats wherever they may be hidden,” Koshetz said.

In the post, TSA reminded flyers not to pack firearms in their carry-on. The consequences include arrest or a fine of $13,333.

TSA advised passengers to visit the agency’s website for an extensive look at how to travel with firearms and ammunition.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority was unable to comment. 

USA TODAY