CNN Warns of Gun Surge at TSA Checkpoints: Went from 10 in a Million to 11 in a Million

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 03: Travelers wait in line at the TSA checkpoint in the Miami I
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CNN is sounding the warning on a “surge” in airline passengers with guns in their bags at TSA checkpoints in airports.

CNN notes that “transportation security officers confiscated a gun from about 10 passengers in every 1 million” during 2020, but are now “finding 11 armed passengers in every 1 million.” That is a jump of one passenger per million.

They point out that over 80 percent of the guns found at TSA were loaded.

TSA administrator David Pekoske told CNN, “I think more people are carrying weapons, just generally across the country, and then whatever is happening across the country we see reflected in our checkpoints.”

Pekoske added, “As a passenger, I don’t want another passenger flying with me with a gun in their possession.”

USA Today reports the top three airports for passengers with guns at TSA checkpoints were the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

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