TSA: Record number of guns taken away from airline passengers


NBC News

The TSA is reporting a record number of guns taken away from airline passengers all over the country.
It's been more than a decade since the tragedy of 9/11.  The rules of air travel have changed dramatically.
But several times every day, at airports across the country, passengers are trying to walk through security with loaded guns in their carry-on bags, purses or pockets, even in a boot.  
And apparently it's happening more and more often.
In the first six months of this year, Transportation Security Administration screeners found 894 guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year.  
The TSA set a record this May for the most guns seized in one week - 65 in all, 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets in the chamber. 
That was 30 percent more than the previous record of 50 guns, set just two weeks earlier.
The airport with the most guns seized last year:  Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
TSA spokesman David Castelveter says they don't believe these gun-toting passengers are terrorists, but the agency can't explain why so many passengers try to board planes with guns, either. 
The most common excuse offered by passengers is "I forgot it was there."