Transportation Security Administration said It caught 4,495 passengers at airport security checkpoints trying to carry firearms on their flight in the first nine months of this year, the most in 20 years since the agency was founded.
Guns were seized from 391 passengers at Atlanta’s airport, the most in the country this year, followed by Dallas/Forthworth International Airport with 232 and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston with 168.
About 80% of the guns confiscated by the TSA so far this year were loaded, CNN informed of.
The previous record was set in 2019, when the TSA seized 4,432 firearms at checkpoints, or an average of five firearms checked in carry-on bags.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the number of firearms found at checkpoints this year is “alarming.”
“We have had several more incidents where there is passenger disturbance both at checkpoints and onboard aircraft. This makes it all the more important that no guns are involved,” Pekoske said. said CNN.
According to the TSA, a fine of between $1,500 and $2,475 for carrying an unloaded gun into airport check ranges can result in a fine of up to $13,910 for carrying an unloaded gun with loaded guns or ammunition . Website. The TSA’s firearms report is issued as American airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are dealing with a record number of flight disturbances and unruly passengers. The FAA has received 4,724 unregistered passenger report And 3,433 reports of mask incidents so far this year. As of August 19, the agency said it had issued more than $1 million. Fine for unruly behavior. Last month, a passenger arrested A Hawaiian Airlines passenger was also arrested for allegedly strangling and kicking a flight attendant on a JetBlue flight, and in a separate incident. punching a flight attendant.
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