Headline RoundupJanuary 18th, 2023

TSA Reports Record Number of Guns Confiscated from Airline Passengers in 2022

Summary from AllSides News Team

On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that a record number of firearms were confiscated from airline passengers in 2022.

The Details: The airports with the highest number of confiscations were Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 448; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with 385; and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston with 298.

Key Quotes: “I am incredibly proud of our dedicated TSA employees who perform the critical task of securing our nation’s transportation systems each day,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

For Context: The increase in guns found in carry-on bags comes as many travelers return to the airports following the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a record number of guns have been bought in the U.S. over the past few years. TSA screened about 736 million passengers through airport checkpoints in 2022. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in their checked baggage if they are packed in a locked, hard-sided case and are unloaded.

How the Media Covered it: The record number of gun seizures was reported across the political spectrum, with sources on the right and left both noting that about 88% of the guns were loaded.

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