Forgetful Air Passengers? TSA Gun Seizures Up 30% For No Apparent Reason


Several times daily, airline passengers try to walk through security with loaded guns in carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot, says the Associated press. More than a decade after 9/11 raised consciousness about airline security, it’s happening a lot more often. In the first six months of 2013, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. TSA set a record in May for the most guns seized in one week – 65 in all, 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets in the chamber and ready to be fired. That was 30 percent more than the previous record of 50 guns, set just two weeks earlier. Last year TSA found 1,549 firearms on passengers attempting to go through screening, up 17 percent from the year before. TSA doesn’t believe these gun-toting passengers are terrorists. The most common excuse offered by passengers is “I forgot it was there.”

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