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Over the past few years, there have been numerous reports of how many times TSA agents failed to detect banned items from carryon luggage, including knives and guns. Most everyone knows they are banned and yet thousands of people continue to try to get past airport security with their weapons, causing a great deal of criticism of TSA and leading many to question if they really help or are just a waste of taxpayer dollars.

In 2017, TSA is reporting that they detected 16.7% more guns than they did in 2016, setting a record with the confiscation of nearly 4,000 firearms, 84% of them were loaded and 34.8% were found to have a live round in the chamber. The most guns found in any one month was those found at the main airport in Atlanta in August.

(Transportation Security Administration) –

  • 771.5 million (771,556,886) passengers traveled securely through 440 federalized airports in 2017. That’s over 2 million travelers a day!
  • A record setting 3,957, firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging 76.1 firearms per week. That’s an average of 10.8 firearms per day.
  • 3,324 (84 percent) of the total firearms discovered were loaded.
  • 1,378 (34.8 percent) of the total firearms discovered had a round chambered.
  • The most firearms discovered in one-month – a whopping 31 – were discovered in August at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
  • Firearms were intercepted at a total of 239 airports.
  • There was a 16.7 percent (556 more) increase in firearm discoveries from 2016’s total of 3,391.
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Top 10 Airports For Firearm Discoveries In 2017:

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 245 (222 Loaded)
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW): 211 (165 Loaded)
  3. George Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston (IAH): 142 (124 Loaded)
  4. Denver International (DEN): 118 (102 Loaded)
  5. Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX): 115 (109 Loaded)…


Either TSA is doing a better job checking carryon luggage or more people are chancing they won’t be caught because of the poor performance reports that have circulated of late about TSA. It can also reflect that more people have concealed carry permits and possibly forget that they are packing their gun, which has become a normal habit and part of their routine.




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