The TSA recently released their 2015 stats and it’s been a record year.
The amount of guns “intercepted at airport security checkpoints across the US” rose by 20% last year. Officers discovered 2,653 guns in carry-on bags. Amazing…
Let’s look at some other 2015 TSA stats.From the 2,653 guns found at US airports, a whopping 2,198 of them were loaded. They were found at 236 airports which is an increase of 12 more than the previous year.
Here are the airports where the most firearms were discovered:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 153
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 144
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport: 100
- Denver International Airport: 90
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: 73
The TSA shared some other 2015 accomplishments: (from TSA.gov)
- Screened more than 708 million passengers in 2015 (more than 1.9 million per day), which is 40.7 million more passengers than in 2014.
- Screened more than 2 million passengers in a single day 178 times this year.
- Screened more than 432 million checked bags, more than 1.6 billion carry-on bags and 12.9 million airport employees.
- Federal Air Marshals flew more than a billion miles this past year to keep travelers safe.
- Nationwide, 98 percent of passengers waited in line less than 20 minutes and more than 99 percent of TSA Pre✓®passengers waited less than five minutes.
- The TSA Pre✓® application program, which began in December 2013, enrolled over 1 million travelers in 2015, and reached a total of 2 million enrollees as of early January 2016. In addition to these enrollments, CBP trusted travelers — those enrolled in other trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI — are also automatically eligible for TSA Pre✓®.
- Forty-four percent of passengers screened in 2015 received some form of expedited screening.
I find it amazing that people keep trying to bring guns on planes as a carry-on. The TSA doesn’t mention if people were trying to sneak them through, didn’t know the law or just forgot a gun was in their bag but you’d think the gun owner would look up the laws and be more cautious.
Since I wasn’t really sure of the rules, I looked it up. Firearms are allowed to be brought unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container as checked baggage only! I think most of us would assume that guns could not be brought onboard a plane, even if they aren’t loaded! I’d call it common sense!
Find out more from TSA.gov here.