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TSA sets firearms record at airport checkpoints

Travelers wear face coverings in the line for the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Denver. Travelers wear face coverings in the line for the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Denver. | Photo: AP Photo / David Zalubowski.

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 13, 2021 04:57 PM
Created: October 13, 2021 04:49 PM

More firearms have been caught at TSA checkpoints in 2021 than ever before.

The TSA says that by Oct. 3, their officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers with firearms. That breaks the full 2019 record of 4,432.

"Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

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