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We Have ‘An Epidemic’ Of Guns At U.S. Airports, Says TSA Official



Yesterday, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) caught three loaded handguns at security checkpoints.

For the Washington, D.C.-area airport, these were the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth guns caught so far in 2021, which surpasses the 14 guns discovered at checkpoints in all of 2019, a year when significantly more Americans were flying. ทางเข้า PG SLOT

The three incidents were unrelated, say officials. A Fredericksburg, Virginia, woman was caught with a .380 caliber handgun and a gun magazine loaded with five bullets in her carry-on bag. A Florida man was stopped with a 9mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets plus two additional gun magazines with 45 bullets and a tactical knife. And a Wisconsin man was discovered to have a 9mm handgun loaded with five bullets, including one in the chamber, at the security checkpoint.

“It looks like there is an epidemic of guns showing up at our airport,” says Scott T. Johnson, TSA Federal Security Director for Reagan National Airport. “Here at DCA we are still experiencing notably lower checkpoint volumes compared to 2019, while we are seeing an increase in the number people bringing their guns to the checkpoints.”

Nationwide, the TSA has seen a noticeable rise in the number of passengers attempting to bring firearms into aircraft cabins, with the U.S. on pace to eclipse the pre-pandemic volume of firearms seized at airport checkpoints. Barely past the halfway mark of this year, the TSA has already discovered 2,400 guns, compared to the 4,432 firearms seized in all 12 months of 2019.

Last year, the gun seizure rate doubled at U.S. airports at the same time that passenger volume was down significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 3,257 firearms seized in 2020, 83% were loaded.

The pattern is similar across the country, both at big airports and smaller, regional ones. At Portland International Airport (PDX), this year’s tally of firearms discovered in travelers’ carry-on luggage is 29 and counting. Twenty-four guns were loaded.

Last week at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), in Southern California, the TSA discovered the seventh firearm of the year in the carry-on bag of a passenger ticketed for Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). Local police responded and confiscated the weapon, which contained five rounds of ammunition.

“Not only was this an expensive mistake for the traveler, but his actions slowed down the security screening process for other travelers who were in the security checkpoint around the same time,” says TSA Federal Security Director Anita Minaei, who oversees operations at Hollywood Burbank Airport.
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