TSA breaks record for gun discoveries in 2021 and SLC

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – As gun laws ease in Utah and several other states across the country, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is beginning to see more and more violations of firearms regulations.

In 2021, TSA agents at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) detected 115 firearms in travelers’ carry-on bags during routine X-ray screening of carry-on bags. This number turns out to be a huge leap from those of previous years.

Last year, TSA agents found a total of 5,972 firearms at 268 different airports nationwide. Overall, SLC was ranked tenth in the nation for the number of firearm discoveries by TSA agents, with Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport taking the top spot with 507 firearm discoveries. fire, more than detected at any airport since the TSA’s inception.

“A record number of firearms discoveries at SLC and at airports across the country continue to stun and disappoint,” said TSA Director of Federal Security for Utah Matt Davis. “Despite an increase in the number of firearms brought by travelers to the SLC security checkpoint, TSA employees here and across the country have not lost focus. In fact, we are even more committed to our security mission and will remain vigilant to ensure that no type of security threat makes it to the sterile area of ​​the airport or on any aircraft to ensure the safety of the traveling public. .

In 2021, TSA agents screened 585 million passengers and crew nationwide, a 44% increase since 2020, and 7.3 million passengers and crew at SLC, that’s a 64% increase since 2020. These numbers earn SLC the title of No. 24 most frequented. airport for TSA security screening operations.

Trips that violate TSA firearms regulations are subject to potential criminal citations as well as civil penalties, which vary depending on the situation.

Those who violate TSA firearms regulations will have their Trusted Traveler Status and TSA PreCheck benefits revoked for a period of time.

Firearms can only be transported via commercial aircraft if they are unloaded, packed in a locked hard case and placed in checked baggage. Likewise, any type of replica firearm must be placed in checked baggage.

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