Rate Of Guns Seized At Airport Checkpoints Jumped In 2020

  • Rate Of Guns Seized At Airport Checkpoints Jumped In 2020

Rate Of Guns Seized At Airport Checkpoints Jumped In 2020

There were fewer air travelers in the United States previous year, but a higher percentage of them were carrying guns.

Despite the decrease in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration officers at the Salt Lake City International Airport confiscated almost the same amount of guns from passengers in 2020 as in 2019.

Both nationally and locally, TSA said its officers discovered firearms at a rate that was twice as high as 2019 - and the highest rate since the agency's inception in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Screeners found 220 guns at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, followed by 176 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 126 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, 126 at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, and 104 at Denver International Airport. In total, 3,257 guns were confiscated. "Firearms are strictly prohibited onboard planes in the passenger cabin", Darby LaJoye, the executive assistant administrator for TSA security operations, said in a press release.

"I commend our officers for their commitment to TSA's security mission by identifying and stopping these weapons at the TSA checkpoints". That said, cities and states have various firearms laws that could apply to bringing firearms to security checkpoints. All the firearms were discovered by TSA officers during routine screening of carry-on bags at security checkpoints, officials said.

Data collected represents the number of firearms caught on passengers and in their carry-on bags at the nation's TSA checkpoints. Fliers also should ensure they have the proper gun permits for the states that they are traveling to and from.

Individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint face federal civil penalties of up to $13,669.

While Washington-area airports did not make the top 10, Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport recorded the most weapons detected in the region a year ago, as it has since 2017.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition so travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies prior to arriving at the airport.