A record 2,212 firearms — 80 percent of them loaded — were discovered in travelers’ carry-on bags at U.S. airports last year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Transportation Security Administration officers found an average of six firearms per day in passengers’ carry-on bags or on their bodies. The top excuse given by passengers going through airport checkpoints with guns was that they forget they had the firearms with them.
Travelers with licensed guns are allowed to pack their unloaded firearms into checked bags only. The top five airports for firearms discoveries in 2014 were Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston and Denver. An additional 1,400 dangerous objects — including stun guns, knives, razors and firearm components — were discovered. Among the more unusual finds, a hand grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag in Los Angeles. Customs and Border Protection officers also seized more than 23,000 counterfeit goods with a retail value of more than $1.2 billion last year.