TSA: Record Number of Guns Being Seized at Airports

by Chris Coffey  |  published on November 11, 2014

More passengers are being caught with guns at airports across the United States, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA reported that a record breaking number of firearms have been discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints nationwide so far this year. With nearly two months left in the year, the total number of firearms has already surpassed the 2013 total of 1,813 with 1,872 firearms found.

“The TSA is constantly improving their equipment, and processes, and training for their TSA screeners, so they may be finding more weapons,” said aviation security expert Trenton Higareda with CTI Consulting.

At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, TSA officers have confiscated 17 guns, up from the 13 reported at this time last year. Six guns have also been found at Midway Airport this year.

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