“Unprecedented Surge: Airport Security Intercepts Record Number of Loaded Firearms in 2023”

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Record Number of Firearms Intercepted at Airport Security Checkpoints in 2023

Introduction

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Wednesday that the number of firearms intercepted at airport security checkpoints in 2023 reached an all-time high. A total of 6,737 firearms were prevented from entering secure areas and aircraft, with 93% of them being loaded.

Increasing Numbers

This figure represents an increase from the previous record set in 2022, when 6,542 firearms were stopped. TSA administrator David Pekoske expressed concern about the high number of loaded firearms, emphasizing the unnecessary risk they pose to everyone at the checkpoints.

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A loaded handgun, pictured above, was detected by a TSA officer at Albany International Airport in August 2023. (TSA)

Strict Prohibitions and Penalties

TSA administrator David Pekoske reminded travelers that firearms and ammunition are strictly prohibited in carry-on bags. Firearms must be unloaded, properly packed in a locked, hard-sided case, and declared to the airline at the check-in counter. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in facing local law enforcement and civil penalties of up to ,000.

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A loaded handgun, pictured above, was detected by TSA officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Dec. 24. (TSA)

Recent Incident

The most recent interception occurred at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York. During an X-ray screening, TSA officers detected a loaded firearm in a traveler’s backpack. The male traveler, who claimed to be a firearms instructor, stated that he had forgotten about the gun. As he possessed a valid New York State pistol permit, the police allowed him to return the firearm to his home.

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A loaded handgun, pictured above, was detected inside a traveler’s backpack by a TSA officer at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York on Jan. 10. (TSA)

Conclusion

The TSA’s efforts to intercept firearms at airport security checkpoints have reached a record-breaking level in 2023. It is crucial for travelers to follow the strict regulations regarding firearms and ammunition to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Remember, firearms must be unloaded, properly packed, and declared to the airline. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties and legal consequences. Let’s work together to maintain the security of our airports and flights.