TSA confiscates record number of guns at airports nationwide in 2021
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers confiscated more than 5,700 firearms at airport security checkpoints this year, the most in the agency's 20-year history.
More than 85% of the firearms that were stopped at checkpoints across the nation were loaded, according to the TSA.
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If passengers are caught with a firearm at checkpoints, they can be fined upward of $13,900, according to the agency. Additionally, if a passenger is a TSA PreCheck member, their membership benefits can be suspended.
The agency said in certain cases, authorities will arrest the passenger for being in possession of a firearm at a security checkpoint.
Passengers are allowed to "transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only," according to the TSA.