An uptick in mass shootings in America isn’t making Americans feel safer. It may be leading to more civilians packing heat, which might explain why the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a record number of guns in passenger’s carry-on luggage recently.
No firearms or ammunition is allowed in your carry-on luggage — the small baggage you carry with you onto an airline jet — or on your person, according to TSA’s guidelines. The same applies to paintball guns, flare guns, realistic gun replicas, starter pistols, knives, box cutters, multi-tools with blades, meat cleavers, and swords.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, those restrictions have been well-known, although it’s not unusual for TSA to stop passengers who have accidentally brought a small Swiss Army knife or multi-tool with them because they forgot it was dangling from their keychain.
But in a blog posting Tuesday, the TSA revealed that they’d pulled 104 firearms out of passengers’ carry-on bags between Feb. 5 and 11. That was a few days before even the mass shooting in Florida had occurred.
And most of the guns were loaded. 87 of the 104 guns had bullets in them, and 38 of them even had a round in the chamber, ready to fire.
The TSA warned the public that they are allowed to hit armed passengers with fines up to $13,066. The penalties can even go higher for repeat offenders. There are ways to legally bring weapons in your checked baggage, though. The TSA provides rules on how to do that.
Gunpowder, though, is not allowed anywhere on the plane. Two one-pound canisters of gunpowder measuring were confiscated from a checked bag at Anchorage International Airport.
Screening officers also found an inert Civil War Read Parrot Shell at Dallas Love Field that must have made them jump.
Check out these other surprising bladed finds, including throwing stars and a cane sword.
“It’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested,” the TSA wrote.
“This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home,” they concluded. “In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.”
The TSA also shared two hilarious videos of their most unusual finds in 2016 and 2017, and some of these items look like they had a lot of work put into them:
In other news, President Trump did announce on Tuesday a new gun restriction he’s pushing for. Check it out.