TSA find 73 guns in carry-on bags in U.S. airports in one week

Transportation Security Administration agents discovered 73 guns in bags passengers tried to get onto airplanes in just one week - 66 of which were loaded and 27 of which had a round chambered. Weapons discovered in the Atlanta airport included a .45 and a 9 mm, according to TSA data.

It's actually nothing new.

"In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives," the TSA reported on its site.

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The report, compiling data from March 6-12, doesn't spell out details or provide updates on whether the passengers were arrested, fined or simply had their items confiscated. The financial penalty for having a weapon in carry-on baggage can be as high as $11,000, the TSA said.

"Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide," the update said. "In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items."


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