Increasing number of guns found in carry-on luggage at airports

06/12/2014 10:38 AM

06/12/2014 10:38 AM

Millions of people fly on commercial airlines, and you’d think that with security being intense for decades that folks by now would know not to even try to take weapons onto planes.

But that’s far from reality. The Transportation Security Administration reports that not only do some people not get it, but the number of incidents of people trying to take firearms onto planes in their carry-on luggage keeps increasing.

TSA reported on Wednesday that in 2013 security checkpoints found more than 1,800 firearms nationwide in people’s carry-on luggage. That’s up 20 percent from the 1,500 firearms found in carry-on bags in 2012.

TSA agents detected 1,300 firearms in people’s carry-on luggage in 2011. Already this year, TSA agents have found more than 900 firearms.

The Washington Post reports that TSA can fine people up to $11,000 if they are caught trying to take a weapon past the airport security checkpoints.

Folks may be confused by states liberalizing gun laws so they can take guns just about anywhere they want. But that senseless behavior ends at airports. It’s just too dangerous.

People should feel the same way about guns in other public places.


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