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Record-Setting Number of Guns Found in Airline Baggage in 2018

Record-Setting Number of Guns Found in Airline Baggage in 2018

Coinciding with the increase in the confiscation of guns was the increase in traffic at USA airports as a total 813.8 million passengers and crew were screened at checkpoints in 2018, a 5.5 percent increase from the year previous, TSA said.

The airports that saw the most firearms discovered sit along the Sun Belt, from Atlanta to Arizona, in states with looser gun laws, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.

"Eighty-six percent of firearms detected at checkpoints a year ago were loaded and almost 34 percent had a bullet in the chamber". Then the case with the firearm should be brought to the airline check-in counter and the airline representative informed that the passenger wants to travel with the gun.

Two Florida airports made the list of the top airports with guns found by TSA officers. Atlanta had the most, with 298 firearms found in carry-on bags.

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

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'I'm just going to guess here: I think more people are just simply carrying weapons in the country and we reflect what we're seeing around the country, ' TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS News.

'When you are going through a TSA screen checkpoint, you know you're there. A seven percent increase from the number of guns seized in 2017.

Under federal law, attempting to bring a firearm through security can result in arrest or a TSA fine of $13,333 per violation.

Our investigation found that, in the vast majority of cases in 2017, it was men, and 63 percent were white.

Nearly every passenger who was found in possession of a gun in 2017 claimed that it was a mistake, according to an investigation by CBS News. "Anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in carry-on and checked bags". "We do everything we can to figure out why it happened". TSA shared pictures of smoke grenades, lighter fluid, fireworks, replica mortar shells, concealed knives and foil-wrapped scissors found in both checked and carry-on bags.