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TSA seizes record number of guns in 2015

Posted at 7:12 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 07:12:40-05

Federal officials say a record number of airline passengers were caught last year trying to take guns on planes, and most of the weapons were loaded.

The Transportation Security Administration says 2,653 firearms were found in carry-on bags in 2015, a 20 percent increase over the previous year, which had been a record. More than four out of five were loaded.

Airports with the most gun discoveries were Dallas-Fort Worth, 153; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, 144; Houston George Bush, 100; Denver, 90, and Phoenix, 73.

Twelve guns were seized at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport last year compared to the 7 at Akron Canton Airport. That's about double the amount seized in 2014 when six were taken at CLE and two were taken at CAK. 

TSA screened 708 million passengers nationally in 2015, 40 million more than in 2014.

Weapons of any kind are prohibited in carry-on bags. However, passengers can take guns with them when they fly if they are in checked bags, unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.