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TSA detected a record number of guns at checkpoints last year

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 16:11:30-05

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says 2016 was a busy travel year.

The administration reports screening more than 738 million passengers - that's 43 million more than in 2015. And amidst all those passengers and carry-on bags, TSA discovered 3,391 firearms at checkpoints across the country.

That's an average of nine guns per day, about a 28% increase from the year before.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport followed the national trend and saw an increase in the number of guns through the airport's checkpoint, with six detected in 2016 - up from only two the previous year. Greater Rochester International Airport saw the most improvement with no firearms detected through the airport checkpoint, down from five in 2015.

A total of ten firearms were caught through checkpoints across the Upstate New York region in 2016.

Nationally, the top five airports where TSA detected guns at checkpoints in 2016 were:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International - 198
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International - 192
  • George Bush Intercontinental at Houston - 128
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International - 101
  • Denver International - 98