TSA finding ‘alarming’ number of guns at security checkpoints

A document number of firearms have been found in carry-on baggage this year…and it is solely October.

HOUSTON — It’s solely mid-October and already the Transportation Security Administration has detected a document number of firearms in a year.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport has been ranked third amongst airports the place essentially the most firearms have been discovered this year. And with almost three months left and the vacation season proper across the nook, TSA is reminding people to be ready earlier than they get to the airport.

“It has been an growing number…” mentioned Transportation Security Officer Justin Angell. 

According to TSA, 4,495 guns had been found in carry-on luggage by October 3. That breaks a 20-year document with almost three months nonetheless to go within the calendar.

“Once you enter the checkpoint you shouldn’t have that firearm with you at that time, at all,” Angell says.

If you’re going to journey with a gun, the TSA says it have to be:

  • Empty
  • Locked in a hard-sided container
  • In checked baggage solely
  • Ammunition saved individually in a checked bag

You additionally must declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline at the ticket counter.

Too usually, Angell says, folks merely overlook they’ve a firearm in a bag they’re touring with and when it’s found at security, TSA has to name authorities, which might influence security wait instances.

“Now we’re having to slow down because now we’re having to shut down a lane. We’re having to get local law enforcement involved,” he says. “Anytime that you pull that bag out of the closet, check it. It could cause you a lot of headaches once you get to our checkpoint.”

According to the TSA, it is too quickly to inform whether or not or not Texas’ new carry regulation has had an impact on the rise within the number of firearms present in carry-on baggage.

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