TSA Annual Review Reveals Agents Seized a Record 4,239 Firearms in 2018

10 Février, 2019, 10:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Collage of guns the TSA found during 2018

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

Two Florida airports managed to rank in the Top 10 of almost 250 USA airports where firearms were discovered in carry-on bags past 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 4,239 firearms were seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints in 2018, a seven percent increase from the previous year.

And earlier in February 2018, it said it confiscated 104 firearms from carry-on bags in one week at USA airports, surpassing the previous weekly record of 96 set in 2017.

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration discovered a record number of firearms in carry-on bags at 279 airport checkpoints around the country.

A whopping 86 percent of the guns were loaded and about 1/3 of them had a round in the chamber, the agency said. There are also numerous statutes on carrying concealed weapons in Florida.

In December, TSA agents discovered a bottle of lighter fluid on a passenger travelling from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and five replica mortar shells in a checked bag at Orlando International Airport.

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It isn't uncommon for travelers to try to sneak prohibited items through airport security, from marijuana to snakes and even kittens.

Sometimes it's not just regular passengers who flub the rules.

Guns were found at 249 of the nation's 440 federalized airports. That airport also ranked No. 1 among the Top 10 with 298 discovered in 2018 - an increase of 53 compared to 2017 - and 253 of them were loaded.

Firearms were intercepted at 249 of the 440 federalized airports throughout the US with more guns confiscated at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 298 - 253 of which were loaded - than any other airport.

Guns weren't the only prohibited items discovered at checkpoints previous year.

CBS reviewed police records from seven airports in 2017 and found at least three cases where guns appeared to have gotten through security. "Call us at 866-289-9673 or shoot us an email (pun intended)".

A record 4,239 firearms were seized at security checkpoints across 249 airports in the U.S. in 2018, according to a new report from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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