Two Guns a Day Not Uncommon at Checkpoints, TSA Says

Posted Aug 9th 2010 01:12 PMUpdated Aug 10th 2010 09:37 AM

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You can't walk onto a plane with a gun in your carry-on. Most people know that.

But according to the Transportation Security Administration its officers confiscate two guns per day on average at airport checkpoints around the country.

Last week, in one unusual day, 10 guns were confiscated. That prompted the agency to put a reminder on the TSA blog, under the headline, "Guns are No Fun at the Checkpoint."

"From time to time, things show up at airports that cause us to scratch our heads, especially almost none years after 9/11," writes TSA Blog Team member Lynn.

She says the most common response when a gun is found is the person says they didn't know it was there, which she says works just about as well as "The dog ate my homework" did in high school.

"One man even threw his wife under the bus and claimed she must have left it in there when she was packing his bag," Lynn writes. "So we thought we'd take the opportunity to remind anyone who owns a gun that might be traveling soon to double check your carry-on bag just to make sure it's not in there before you leave."

TSA officials are required to contact law enforcement immediately when they find a gun in a carry-on.

"In addition to potentially missing their flight, passengers could have their gun confiscated and/or face criminal charges. A fine from TSA is also possible," Lynn writes.



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