I think more people are carrying weapons, just generally across the country, and then whatever is happening across the country we see reflected in our checkpoints. As a passenger, I don't want a another passenger flying with me with a gun in their possession. — TSA Administrator David Pekoske
I think more people are carrying weapons, just generally across the country, and then whatever is happening across the country we see reflected in our checkpoints. As a passenger, I don't want a another passenger flying with me with a gun in their possession. — TSA Administrator David Pekoske
'Huge problem': Passengers are bringing a record number of guns to the airport, TSA says
Security and law enforcement officials are at the same time dealing with an unprecedented surge in belligerent passengers who are straining the systems designed to keep air travel safe.

"We've had many more incidences where there are passenger disturbances both in checkpoints and onboard aircraft. That makes it more important that there are no guns involved," TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in an interview.

TSA reports catching 4,650 firearms at checkpoints in the first 10 months of the year -- a majority of which were loaded. That number surpasses the full-year record of 4,432, set in 2019.

And with 11 weeks left in the year -- including the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons -- Pekoske says he thinks the number of confiscated weapons reflects an American population that is increasingly armed.

"I think more people are carrying weapons, just generally across the country, and then whatever is happening across the country we see reflected in our checkpoints," he said. "As a passenger, I don't want a another passenger flying with me with a gun in their possession."

The agency is also finding guns at a far faster rate than it has ever experienced. During the lows of air travel during the pandemic in 2020, transportation security officers confiscated a gun from about 10 passengers in every 1 million. This year, they're finding 11 armed passengers in every 1 million.


Most of the firearms found were loaded -- more than 3,900, or more than 80%.

"No checkpoint, no airport is immune from having passengers try to carry guns through the checkpoint," Pekoske said. "It does occur more frequently in again the states where gun carriage is at a higher rate compared to other states."
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