This Is The Terrifying Number Of Guns Discovered In Carry Ons Last Year
The next time you complain about the long lines at airport security, consider the slightly horrifying number of guns that TSA agents uncover while scanning carry-on baggage.
A record 3,957 guns at were discovered at airport checkpoints in 2017. That’s a 17 percent increase from 2016. Even scarier, the vast majority of these guns were loaded.
The TSA also reported that it has discovered at least four 3D-printed plastic guns and ammunition in carry-on bags.
Here are the airports where most of these guns were discovered, according to the TSA.
Top 10 Airports For Firearm Discoveries In 2017:
1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 245 (222 Loaded)
2 Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW): 211 (165 Loaded)
3 George Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston (IAH): 142 (124 Loaded)
4 Denver International (DEN): 118 (102 Loaded)
5 Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX): 115 (109 Loaded)
6 Tampa International (TPA): 97 (90 Loaded)
7 Orlando International Airport (MCO): 94 (82 Loaded)
8 Dallas Love Field (DAL): 93 (81 Loaded)
9 Nashville International (BNA): 89 (71 Loaded)
10 Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 75 (60 Loaded)
It’s important to note that not all of these guns were intended to be used for nefarious purposes. Some of the owners simply weren’t aware of TSA packing guidelines and included them in their carry-ons rather than checked luggage, or forget they had packed a gun in their carry-on. Somehow.
Still. That’s not the most comforting statistic we’ve ever heard.