Airport security officials discovered a record-breaking 78 firearms in travelers’ carry-on bags in a single week.
And 68 of those weapons were loaded, including one found at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Aug. 9, the TSA wrote on its blog. The weapons were discovered the week of Aug. 5-11 – the previous record for number of firearms discovered in a carry-on bag was 74, set in May of this year.
In addition to firearms, TSA agents also discovered four inert/replica grenades at various airports, a cane sword, a knife hidden in a pill bottle, as well as a few swords (see images of these weapons here).
All of these items are prohibited, which has TSA reminding travelers that to leave their weapons – or anything that looks like a weapon – at home. (Some firearms are allowed in checked baggage, so long as it’s cleared with the airline first. Read more about that here.)
“Each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested,” TSA said.
If TSA finds a passenger with one of these prohibited items, they could face a penalty up to $11,000, TSA says, and maybe a few frustrated looks from travelers for holding up the security line.
Last year, TSA agents screened more than 708 million passengers, 1.6 billion carry-on bags and 432 million checked bags, TSA wrote on its blog. During the screening process, TSA discovered 2,653 guns (83 percent were loaded) in people’s carry-on bags – an average of seven per day.
That’s 20 percent more guns discovered in carry-on luggage than the 2,212 found in 2014.
For more information on what you can bring in your carry-on bag and in checked luggage, check out TSA’s website. There, you can type in specific items to see if they’re allowed in your bags.