Screeners have spotted more than 4,000 firearms in carry-on bags so far this year, CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave reports:
The Transportation Security Administration has found a record-breaking number of firearms in carryon bags in 2018. At airports across the US, security officers found more than 4,000 guns that passengers tried to bring onto planes throughout the year, according to a CBS report.
This year’s numbers even top 2017, a year in which the number of guns discovered at security checkpoints climbed 17%.
Out of the 4,000 guns found in carryon luggage, 300 of them were found at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport alone. In fact, according to CBS’ analysis of the data, only 10 airports were responsible for a third of all the firearm incidents. Gun laws tend to be looser in the states where these airports are, CBS said. Many of the passengers involved in the incidents seemed to have accidentally brought the firearm through security, ostensibly forgetting their gun was in the bag.
Police documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by CBS also showed at least three incidents where TSA officers missed a gun in a carryon bag, only detecting the firearm on the passenger’s flight back home.