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Hartsfield-Jackson surpasses its record for guns caught at checkpoints


The number of guns caught at Hartsfield-Jackson International security checkpoints so far this year has surpassed the record set at the Atlanta airport for the full year of 2015.

A total of 155 guns have been found at Hartsfield-Jackson so far this year, passing the airport's record of 144 in the full year of 2015.

But even more guns have been caught at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport so far this year. The Dallas hub has caught 156 firearms at its checkpoints this year to date, also surpassing its own record set last year.

The increase comes as more travelers take to the skies.

TSA said it "would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport."

Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's busiest airport, but other airports have more passengers passing through security checkpoints. That's because a majority of travelers at the Atlanta airport are only connecting, and go through security at another airport.

 


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