U.S. Airports Seized Record Number Of Guns Last Year, Majority Loaded

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

A startling total of 4,432 gun were seized at airports across the United States last year – that's more than ever before in the Transportation Security Administration's 18-year history and represents a 5% increase over 2018, according to the agency.

And not only that, but 87% of the firearms found last year were loaded. 

"The continued increase in the number of firearms that travellers bring to airport checkpoints is deeply troubling," said David Pekoske, the TSA's administrator, in a press release.

You'd think responsible gun owners would know that there are proper ways to safely and legally transport guns on a flight. 

While travellers, even with permits, cannot carry guns onto an airplane, properly permitted gun owners can travel with their firearms in checked luggage if they follow TSA and airline guidelines.

"There is a proper way to travel safely with a firearm. First and foremost, it should be unloaded. Then it should be packed in a hard-sided locked case, taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared, and checked," explained Pekoske.

The TSA detected the most firearms -- 323 -- at ATL, followed by DFW (217); DEN (140); IAH (138); and PHX (132). Firearms were found at 278 airport checkpoints nationwide.

Replicas are banned by the TSA as well – remember those detonator-shaped Star Wars Coke bottles that were prohibited? -- since they don't want flight crew wondering about that toy gun or grenade.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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