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TSA finds record 65 weapons on U.S. airport passengers last week

May 29, 2013|By Hugo Martin
(Transportation Security…)

Airport security officers uncovered a record 65 firearms on passengers boarding planes last week, surpassing the previous record high of 50 guns.

The Transportation Security Administration reported 54 of the guns found at airport security checkpoints around the country were loaded and another 19 had rounds chambered.

The guns ranged from a snub-nosed revolver uncovered at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, to a 9-millimeter handgun at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and a musket at Orlando International Airport. The guns were uncovered from May 17 to May 23, the TSA said.

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Passengers are allowed to travel with guns under certain conditions, such as packing the weapon in a checked luggage and declaring it to the airline. When TSA officers uncover guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags, they contact local authorities to investigate.

A passenger at Salt Lake City International Airport was arrested by local police last week after TSA agents discovered a loaded .22 caliber gun strapped to the flier's prosthetic leg. The gun was detected by a full-body scanner.

In addition to the guns, TSA reported it had uncovered an assortment of other weapons, including throwing knives, inert hand grenades and stun guns.

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