Nearly 4,500 airline passengers were stopped by TSA officials for attempting to bring firearms in carry-on items onto flights this year... setting a 20-year record!
According to Transportation Security Administration officials, most of the firearms came from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
“The number of firearms that our TSA officers are stopping at airport checkpoints is alarming,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them.”
By the way, firearms are only allowed in checked bags -- and they must be unloaded and locked inside a hard-sided container!
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