TSA report: More loaded guns in carry on bags at FL airports

Marco Green
February 10, 2019

At no. 7 was Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where 96 guns were discovered.

A record number of firearms were discovered at USA airport checkpoints past year, with more than 4,200 guns found at 249 airports nationwide, according to new government data.

A record 4,239 firearms were seized at USA airport security checkpoints in 2018, a seven percent increase from the previous year.

What part of it's illegal (and dangerous) to pack a loaded gun in your carry-on bag aren't we getting?

A record number of firearms were discovered in carry-on baggage at airports across the country previous year, the Transportation Security Administration announced today in the agency's annual recap.

More than 86 percent of them were loaded, another record-breaking statistic. It is important to note that travelers may bring their firearm along for the trip in a "hard-side container", in checked luggage and passengers are required to "declare all firearms each time you present it for transport as checked baggage". TSA shared pictures of smoke grenades, lighter fluid, fireworks, replica mortar shells, concealed knives and foil-wrapped scissors found in checked and carry-on bags. But guns were also found in the luggage of an 84-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy, a pastor, and an airport worker.

The TSA can impose civil penalties up to $13,333 per violation, and improperly bringing a gun into an airport can also lead to an arrest. Eight of the airports ranking in the top 10 - which accounted for one third of all seizures - were located in the Sun Belt, a region of the United States spanning from the southeast to southwest. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport saw the most firearms seized for the second year in a row, with 298 guns found in carry-on bags there. The Atlanta airport was No. 1 in 2017, too, with 245 discoveries. "Anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in carry-on and checked bags. Call us at 866-289-9673 or shoot us an email (pun intended)".

However, TSA also noted that a record number of travelers passed through airports in 2018, with 813.8 million people going through security screening.

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