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Can TSA Bust You For Contraband...  
User currently offlineAirplaneguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 52 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7098 times:

Hello Everyone,

This is my first new thread, as I am recently new to airliners.net. Sorry if this has been asked before.

"Hypothetically speaking", what if a person has an illegal substance on their person or in their carry on, but it is not something which would pose a risk to an aircraft. If the TSA people see it, will they bust you, will they call the appropriate authorities, or will they let it pass since, technically speaking, it is not their mandate.

By illegal substance, I basically mean illegal drugs such as marijuana, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Airplaneguy420

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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3772 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7088 times:



Quoting Airplaneguy (Thread starter):
If the TSA people see it, will they bust you, will they call the appropriate authorities, or will they let it pass since, technically speaking, it is not their mandate.

If nothing else, considering that TSA officers are federal officials I'm sure they'd call the cops and hold you until they show up.

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1591 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7080 times:

The TSA is not a law enforcement agency, but they will certainly call law enforcement if they find something that is illegal. Almost all US security checkpoints have a local law enforcement presence, often just a few steps away.

I would leave your pot at home if I were you.  Yeah sure



A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man...
User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7080 times:

Considering drugs are illegal in 99% of all countries, I wouldn't risk it unless you like the idea of going to jail for it, basically.

EDIT: I just saw you're a teacher. Consider yourself unemployed too if you're caught.

[Edited 2010-01-12 16:03:24 by ajd1992]

User currently offlineAirStairs From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7044 times:

I know of a few people who have somehow been busted for fake IDs in their wallets (I think it was incident to a random search or something like that) and were charged with identity theft.

Just curious though, what about in California (and a handful of other states) where one can posses pot legally? If you had your prescription card/weed permit/whatever it is on your person, would they stiff confiscate it?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26170 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7037 times:

The TSA will reffer the matter to local law enforcement. It happens daily -- Remember back to when Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were found to have pot in their luggage in Hawaii?


From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineAirplaneguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

Thanks for the replies everyone. Prudence definitely wins the day.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

I would ask yourself these two questions:

1) What do I have to gain by taking pot with me on this trip?
(Answer: I get to toke up on vacation)
2) What do I have to lose by taking pot with me on this trip?
(Answer: I have a criminal record, might do some jail time, certainly have a court date and mandatory classes to take, pay a fine, and probably lose my job).

In my opinion, the risks far outweigh the benefits.


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2808 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6947 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
The TSA will reffer the matter to local law enforcement.

Not true. If you're found to possess any amount of marijuana or related paraphernalia and are caught by Federal security personnel from any Federal agency, TSA included, you could face Federal drug charges ranging from simple possession to possession with intent to sell to drug trafficking. Even though possession of marijuna for medicinal purposes is legal in some states (mine included), under Federal law, possession of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction. Leave your dope at home, teach.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26170 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6928 times:



Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 8):
Not true. If you're found to possess any amount of marijuana or related paraphernalia and are caught by Federal security personnel from any Federal agency, TSA included, you could face Federal drug charges ranging from simple possession to possession with intent to sell to drug trafficking. Even though possession of marijuna for medicinal purposes is legal in some states (mine included), under Federal law, possession of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction. Leave your dope at home, teach.

I have yet to see Federal agents cart off anyone here locally. Arrest are done with local agencies. Prosecution maybe local or Federal I suppose, but local law enforcement handles the booking.
(for example in the Whitney Houston case I mentioned above, her case was in a Hawaii State district court, not Federal court.)



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2602 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6920 times:

However if you find yourself in Oakland Airport, AND possess a medical recommendation for marijuana will, Alameda County sheriffs will not bust you for up to 8 oz. of medication.

http://www.blogcatalog.com/search.fr...d=c0f54b4620f9c31f6ddba38906192a95


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6877 times:



Quoting Johnboy (Reply 10):
However if you find yourself in Oakland Airport, AND possess a medical recommendation for marijuana will, Alameda County sheriffs will not bust you for up to 8 oz. of medication.

That's hilarious. Especially that it's 8oz. That's a good quart of the stuff.

I dunno. I personally have a medical license to protect. I'd consider flying with pot to be a horrible idea for my future and career and livelihood.

Besides, marijuana is so easy to find in this country that you can just get it when you get there if you want.


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2808 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6839 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 9):
I have yet to see Federal agents cart off anyone here locally. Arrest are done with local agencies. Prosecution maybe local or Federal I suppose, but local law enforcement handles the booking.

I'm not disputing what you are saying or what you have witnessed at just one of the hundreds of primary airports throughout the country. I said you "could face Federal drug charges" in response to the post that stated the TSA "will" refer the matter to local law enforcement. That post gave the impression that, in all cases, TSA would not or maybe even could not get involved and would hand the person over to local authorities and that's simply not true. It's their discretion how to proceed.


User currently offlineOffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 907 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6809 times:

Airplaneguy, why not set this as an assignment for one of your students? Then you'll have the answer, and so will we.  Wink


To no one will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice - Magna Carta, 1215
User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

If you need to get toked up on your trip.... Buy it there, don't post pics on Facebook (you're listed as a teacher), don't bring any home, and have fun.


Hey Obama, keep the change! I want my dollar back.
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15841 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6756 times:

My guess is that the TSA would probably turn you in if they found drugs assuming that a) they actually caught them, which seems unlikely and b) they didn't keep them for their own personal use.

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 3):
Consider yourself unemployed too if you're caught.

That's okay. I bet the TSA would hire him.  Wink



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6683 times:

I have heard that you are far less likely to get caught if you bring aboard "magical" baked goods, rather than pot.

Most TSA agents aren't going to start running the dogs past a brownie in your bag. That said, what do you have to gain...and what do you have to lose?


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6652 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
Most TSA agents aren't going to start running the dogs past a brownie in your bag.

None of them will, as TSA doesn't have easy access to drug dogs. Plus, it's a brownie. They would have otherwise no reason to suspect it was anything else. They're too busy looking for your shampoo.

Quoting Brick (Reply 2):
The TSA is not a law enforcement agency

Technically, they do enforce certain laws. But the agents themselves have no arrest powers, they may only detain until a sworn peace officer arrives to investigate further.

Quoting Brick (Reply 2):
but they will certainly call law enforcement if they find something that is illegal. Almost all US security checkpoints have a local law enforcement presence, often just a few steps away.

This is exactly what would happen.



"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6645 times:

Didn't Michael Vick awhile back try and bring Marijuana on a plane with him? To make things worse, he hid it in a water bottle...  sarcastic 


"Drunk drivers run stop signs. Stoners wait for them to turn green."
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15841 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6590 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 18):
Didn't Michael Vick awhile back try and bring Marijuana on a plane with him? To make things worse, he hid it in a water bottle...

Yes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdE4FIYSmk8



Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20365 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6569 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 18):
Didn't Michael Vick awhile back try and bring Marijuana on a plane with him? To make things worse, he hid it in a water bottle...

Nobody ever accused the man of being decent or intelligent.


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

I've never really smoked pot, maybe a few times, but this thread makes me wonder why they don't have it in pill form? It would be easy to switch out your aspirin bottle with it.

UAL


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3647 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6531 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Reply 21):
I've never really smoked pot, maybe a few times, but this thread makes me wonder why they don't have it in pill form?

They do.


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