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TravelThe TSA Intercepted the Most Guns Ever Last Year & Most Were Loaded

08:40  12 february  2019
08:40  12 february  2019 Source:   thrillist.com

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And yet last year , Americans packed more firearms in their carry-ons than ever before, the Transportation Safety Administration says, most of which were loaded . TSA officers intercepted 2,653 firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints across the U.S. last year while

The Transportation Security Administration said it found 2,653 guns in carry-on bags last year , 20 percent more than it did in 2014. The 2,653 guns found by TSA agents in 2015 marked a 20 percent increase from 2014, the agency's most ever . More than 80 percent of the guns were loaded , the the

The TSA Intercepted the Most Guns Ever Last Year & Most Were Loaded© Shutterstock The TSA reports that it intercepted more guns than ever before in 2018, and that most of them were loaded.Although the rules dictating everything from the amount of liquid and powder you're allowed to the types of electronics you can use on a commercial airplane have changed over the years, it's pretty obvious that you're not supposed to pack a gun in your carry-on bag. However, a shocking number of people either didn't realize that or felt bold enough to try getting away with it anyway last year according to new data just released by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), which reveals a record number of firearms were intercepted in 2018, and that a disturbing amount of them were actually loaded.

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The guns were found at security checkpoints in 236 airports around the country. The five airports with the most confiscated guns were : 1. Dallas/Fort The previous record was set in 2014, when 2,212 firearms were intercepted . The numbers have been climbing for a while -- in 2005, TSA found only

The most firearms discovered in one-month – a whopping 29 - were discovered in August at the In addition to firearms discovered last year , there were many hazardous items passengers attempted A one-pound bottle of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at the Ketchikan International

In a Year In Review roundup posted on its official blog, the TSA announced that in addition to screening a record number of passengers in 2018 (813.3 million), it also intercepted the highest number of firearms ever at security checkpoints across the country over the course of the year ever, noting a 7% increase compared to the previous record-setting year for firearms, 2017. Specifically, 4,239 guns were found in carry-on bags across the country in 2018, and a whopping 86.2% of those were discovered to be loaded. Even more troubling, 33.7% of them had a round in the chamber.

A closer look at the stats shows that the most guns were found at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, where a record-setting 32 were discovered in August 2018 alone. Dallas/Fort Worth took the number two spot, while Phoenix rounded out the top three. Considering last year saw a record number of air travelers may help explain the fact that it also saw the most guns intercepted, but the number is still staggeringly high compared to recent stats, especially when you consider there were 4.5 times as many found in 2018 as there were in 2008.

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The TSA says the number of firearms seized at airport security has been going up almost every year since 2005. Airports with the most gun activity include Beyond just small firearms, a grenade and an unloaded assault rifle with three loaded magazines were discovered last year , along with a long list

TSA announced on Thursday that it had intercepted a record 2,653 guns in carry-on luggage last year . And more than 82% of those weapons were loaded . The five airports with the most confiscated guns were : 1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 153 2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

Of course, each state has its own laws on gun possession, but the TSA has pretty strict rules across the board when it comes to transporting a firearm while flying. To do so, you're supposed to pack it -- unloaded -- in a locked, hard-sided container in your checked baggage, and declare it with the airline you're flying before you travel. Not doing so can get you in big trouble and slapped with a fine of up to $13,333. So, if for no other reason, you probably shouldn't try and sneak your Glock onto a flight unless you're ready to fork over some serious cash.

Oh, and also, if you're curious, you should also leave your sickles and knife-blade fidget spinners at home, too. Those don't fly either, in more ways than one.

h/tConde Nast Traveler

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