New statistics reveal that 1,813 firearms were confiscated at TSA checkpoints in 2013, indicating that on average close to five people attempt to bring a gun onto an airplane each day.
The number of guns seized increased by 16.5 percent from the previous year, when just over 1,500 guns were intercepted. In 2013, 81 percent of the guns intercepted were loaded, according to the TSA. The agency confiscated guns at 205 airports, including Bradley International, where agents last March found a loaded .380 caliber pistol strapped to the leg of a passenger trying to pass through security. It was unclear from the TSA report whether officials at Bradley’s security checkpoints confiscated any more firearms in 2013.
The airport at which the most guns were intercepted was Atlanta (ATL), where TSA agents found 111 guns that passengers were trying to bring onto planes.