TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) – Transport security administration made more people try to bring weapons on flights in 2018 than ever before.
TSA agents confiscated a record setting of 4,223 firearms from passenger carrier bags at security checkpoints across the country. It is on average approx. 81 cannons a week or 11 a day.
A lot of 86 guns were loaded and about a third of them had a round in the chamber, the agency said.
The location with most firearm discoveries was Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, where 298 guns were confiscated in 201
Two Florida airports made the list of top airports with weapons found by TSA officers. Orlando International Airport was the fifth worst offender in 2018 with 123 firearms found, of which 112 were loaded. Kl. 7 was the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where 96 guns were discovered.
Texas was the state with most airports listed with the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas Love Field making the list 2, 6, 8 respectively and 9.
But weapons were not the only forbidden agents found in people's luggage. TSA shared images of smoke grenades, lighter fluid, fireworks, replica liner shells, hidden knives and foil wrapped scissors found in both controlled and carry-on bags.
"If you plan to travel with your firearm, make sure you know the rules to pack it in your checked baggage," the agency said on its website. "Everything that looks like an explosive item is forbidden in transport and checkboxes. If you are not sure if a item is allowed in your bag, check out our What can I do with tools, snap a photo and Tweet or Facebook Message us, call us at (866) 289-9673 or shoot us a mail). "
TSA may impose civil sanctions of up to $ 13,333 on travelers attempting to bring banned items on a flight.
KDFW has contributed to this report.