TSA seized record number of guns at US airports last year, report says

TSA says it found 4,432 guns in carry-on bags or on passengers, up five percent from 2018. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The Transportation Security Administration says it seized a record high number of guns at airport checkpoints across the U.S. in 2019.

TSA officers found 4,432 guns in carry-on bags or on passengers. The guns represent a 5% increase from 2018. Eighty-seven percent of the guns were loaded.

In a press release, TSA administrator, David Pekoske, said that the increase is troubling and guns should be unloaded.

Guns should be packed in a hard-sided locked case and taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared and checked.

The top five airports TSA officers found guns at in 2019 were Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Denver International, George Bush Intercontinental, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

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