Record Number of Fliers Haven’t Gotten the 'No Guns' Memo

PHOTO: A TSA agent checks luggage as passengers arrive for flights at OHare International Airport on May 23, 2014 in Chicago, Ill.Scott Olson/Getty Images
A TSA agent checks luggage as passengers arrive for flights at O'Hare International Airport on May 23, 2014 in Chicago, Ill.

The Transportation Security Administration has discovered 1,855 firearms in carry-on bags so far in 2014, the Department of Homeland Security has announced. And that's a new record.

Of the 1,855 firearms found in baggage in the first 10 months of this year, 1,471 were loaded, the agency reported Wednesday. In the same period, a grand total of 3,048 firearm components, replica firearmw, stun guns, and other dangerous objects were found in passenger carry-ons by the TSA.

Last week alone, the TSA found 41 firearms (34 of which were loaded), in addition to 16 stun guns, four replica grenades, a 13-inch cane sword, and a box-cutter found concealed in the lining of a carry-on bag.

PHOTO: A handout image from the TSA shows some of the guns confiscated from travelers at airports around the U.S. in October, 2014.TSA
A handout image from the TSA shows some of the guns confiscated from travelers at airports around the U.S. in October, 2014.

In fact, number of firearms being intercepted has been rising for the past decade. Here's what TSA found in previous years:

  • 2005: 660

  • 2006: 821

  • 2007: 803

  • 2008: 926

  • 2009: 976

  • 2010: 1,123

  • 2011: 1,320

  • 2012: 1,556

  • 2013: 1,813

Approximately 1.8 million people a day are screened by TSA before boarding a United States aircraft, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which overseas the TSA. When firearms are discovered, the TSA turns them over to local authorities, resulting in an arrest in about 20 percent of the cases. Bottom line -- try to fly armed, and you could face criminal charges.