TSA stops report variety of weapons at airport safety checkpoints in 2022

Authorities have stopped greater than 6,000 firearms from going by means of airport safety checkpoints to date this 12 months, essentially the most within the historical past of the Transportation Safety Administration, officers stated Friday.

Of the 6,301 weapons found by officers at checkpoints, greater than 88% had been loaded.

“TSA anticipates it will prevent about 6,600 firearms in carry-on bags from entering the secure area of airports by the end of 2022, a nearly 10% increase over 2021’s record level,” officers stated.

Final 12 months, officers found 5,972 weapons at checkpoints nationwide, marking what was then an all-time excessive for the reason that TSA was created 21 years in the past and commenced monitoring firearm discoveries.

“Firearm possession laws vary by state and local government, but firearms are never allowed in carry-on bags at any TSA security checkpoint, even if a passenger has a concealed weapon permit,” officers stated.

The TSA stated it has elevated the utmost civil penalty for such violations to $14,950. These caught with a gun at a checkpoint may also have PreCheck eligibility revoked for not less than 5 years.

“Depending on state or local law in the airport’s location, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint may be arrested by law enforcement,” the TSA stated.

At Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, officers intercepted barely fewer firearms to date this 12 months than they did final 12 months.

As of Thursday, there have been 75 weapons found on the airport’s safety checkpoints, in contrast with 89 final 12 months total, in response to information offered by the TSA.

Officers discovered 43 weapons in 2020, 44 weapons in 2019, 57 weapons in 2018 and 56 in 2017, in response to the TSA.

“Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags at the checkpoint and onboard aircraft,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated in a press release. “When a passenger brings a firearm to the checkpoint, this consumes significant security resources and poses a potential threat to transportation security, in addition to being very costly for the passenger.”

Vacationers who wish to fly with firearms should depart them in checked baggage, comply with particular pointers for packing weapons and ammunition, and declare them to their airline at check-in.