Transportation Security Administration officers say they saw a 34 percent increase in the number of guns caught at security checkpoints at the region’s three major airports in 2016 compared to 2015.
In 2016, TSA officers said they detected 67 firearms in carry-on bags at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports combined, compared to 50 firearms caught in 2015.
TSA reminds travelers that if they bring firearms to airport checkpoints they are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
However, travelers with proper firearm permits can travel legally with their firearms if they follow a few simple packing guidelines.
Every day, Transportation Security Administration officers interact with about two million travelers across the United States with a single goal in mind – ensuring the safety of the traveling public. TSA had a busy year in 2016, screening more than 738 million passengers, or 43 million more passengers than in 2015.