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article imageTSA says 2,212 firearms found in carry-ons in 2014

By Michael Thomas     Jan 23, 2015 in Travel
Despite the fact that firearms are not allowed in carry-on luggage, a new report from the Transportation Security Administration shows the number of attempts continues to increase.
Consumerist pointed out the new report from the TSA, which puts the number of firearms the TSA confiscated during 2014 at 2,212, while screening 653 million passengers.
Not only is this a record-setting number, the report says, but a mind-boggling 83 percent of those seized firearms were loaded. In addition, the TSA seized 1,400 firearm components, stun guns, replicas and more. Among more unique incidents, the TSA also found a .22 caliber firearm with components hidden inside a PlayStation 2; an assault rifle with three loaded magazines; and a 94-year-old who tried to enter LaGuardia Airport with a loaded .38 revolver clipped to his belt.
In total, according to the TSA blog, the administration found guns at 224 airports, which is 19 more than last year.
The blog lists the following five airports as the biggest offenders for gun seizures:
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
The blog lists June 4, 2014, as the biggest day for firearm seizures, in which the TSA found 18 of them across the country.
In 2013, the TSA seized 1,813 firearms, marking a 22 percent increase for 2014. The number of confiscations has gone up every year since 2005.
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