In 2021, TSA security seized the most guns in the agency's history: In carry-on luggage, 5,700 firearms were discovered, 85 percent of which were loaded

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released stunning data showing that over 5700 weapons were confiscated at airport security checkpoints in 2021, the greatest number ever in a single year.

It implies that roughly 16 firearms are discovered at security checks every day, with about 85% of them loaded. In 2019, the previous yearly high was 4,400.

Passengers caught carrying guns at checkpoints face fines of up to $13,910 in fines. Fines for repeat violators might be substantially greater.

 
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said security personnel had confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said security personnel had confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints in 2021
 
 
The TSA has confiscated an average of 16 guns a day at airports across the U.S. this year
The TSA has confiscated an average of 16 guns a day at airports across the U.S. this year
 
 
85% of the weapons found are loaded. The previous yearly record was about 4,400 in 2019
85% of the weapons found are loaded. The previous yearly record was about 4,400 in 2019
 

Local law enforcement may confiscate weapons at checkpoints and arrest anyone in possession of a firearm in some situations.

The airports in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston had the most weapons seized.

'It's at an all-time high,' TSA Administrator David Pekoske said at a Monday press conference. 'What is the reason? I believe there are just more firearms in the country. 'I'll give you the best response I can,' he responded.

Passengers on planes are allowed to bring an unloaded handgun on board, but only in checked luggage.

 
The high figure reflects an overall increase in firearms being carried by Americans
The high figure reflects an overall increase in firearms being carried by Americans
 
 
Airline passengers can transport unloaded firearms, but only in checked bags
Airline passengers can transport unloaded firearms, but only in checked bags
 
 
A suicide vest found in a checked bag. Officers discovered it was inactive and belonged to an explosives instructor
A suicide vest found in a checked bag. Officers discovered it was inactive and belonged to an explosives instructor
 

'It's a pretty costly mistake to make,' Pekoske said noting that the TSA will 'always proceed with a civil penalty action that will cost thousands of dollars after we complete an investigation'.

The TSA will also refers the issue to law enforcement if local or state laws are broken. 

'We see a strengthening in the airline travel industry toward pre-pandemic levels and our goal is to ensure you as the passenger have a safe and secure flight,' Pekoske noted. 

We work hard with our airport and airline partners to achieve this by ensuring screening operations meet the upcoming demand. I also want to thank our Transportation Security Officers across the country who, each and every day, meet the travel volume demand and help keep airport screening lanes moving to ensure millions of passengers arrive at their destinations safely.' 

An unintentional gunfire at an Atlanta International Airport security checkpoint generated havoc in November.

During screening, a TSA officer noticed a pistol, and the passenger dived inside the bag to get it, which resulted in the gun firing.

Air travel into Atlanta was suspended as the Atlanta Police Department investigated.
 
People were on the ground and seen scrambling for cover in a video posted to social media after a gun accidentally went off at Atlanta Airport in November
People were on the ground and seen scrambling for cover in a video posted to social media after a gun accidentally went off at Atlanta Airport in November 
 
 
 
The image above shows scores of passengers who quickly evacuated the terminal after rumors spread of an active shooter
The image above shows scores of passengers who quickly evacuated the terminal after rumors spread of an active shooter
 
 
 
Toy guns, knives and other assorted property are displayed at JFK airport
Toy guns, knives and other assorted property are displayed at JFK airport
 
 
Lines of airplane passengers proceed through the TSA security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.(Pictured in 2019)
Lines of airplane passengers proceed through the TSA security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.(Pictured in 2019)
 

TOP TEN AIRPORTS FOR FIREARM STOPS 

  1. Atlanta 
  2. Dallas Fort Worth 
  3. Houston 
  4. Phoenix 
  5. Nashville 
  6. Denver 
  7. Fort Lauderdale 
  8. Orlando 
  9. New Orleans 
  10. Salt Lake City

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