WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- More firearms were found and confiscated from passengers' carry-on bags last week than in any other week in TSA history, the agency said Tuesday.
From Aug. 12 to Aug. 18, a total of 81 guns were found by screeners, a TSA blog post said Tuesday. The agency said 70 were loaded and 11 were unloaded. Of the 70 loaded, 31 had a live round in the chamber ready to fire.
The previous record, 78, was set the week before.
They also found throwing knives, a throwing star, and two swords. You better believe that sort of thing's going to hold up the line. Same thing we they find brass knuckles, b-b guns, or replica firearms, among the other things that TSA confiscates. And it can get spendy; fines range up as high as $11,000. That kind of money would buy a few flight boarding passes....
Even if it's an innocent mistake, you're going to miss your flight while having a nice long chat with the gendarmes. That happened to a friend once - he'd spent a week out in the woods and then decided to fly up to Seattle to visit his folks, and completely forgot that his loaded .22 was still in the bottom of his backpack. That little episode cost him about $2500 when all was said and done.