More Americans Bringing Guns To Airport Than Ever Before
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
In the aftermath of a mass school shooting that has horrified the world, Americans continue to try to bring loaded guns on planes in record numbers.
For the first time ever, Transportation Security Administration screeners seized more than 100 firearms in just one week.
From 5-11FEB the agency says it discovered 104 weapons in carry-on bags, beating the previous record of 96 from JUL 2017. It says of those 87 firearms were loaded and 38 had a round in the chamber.
The agency issued a reminder that it has stated many times: firearms and flying don't mix.
"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," the TSA blog stated.
It also showcased other dangerous items discovered including gun powder at Anchorage and a 10-pound artillery shell in a checked bag at Dallas.
"Real, inert, or anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage," the TSA said.
Last month the agency announced that nearly 4,000 firearms were seized at airports in 2017 -- an average of 11 every day.