Apparently, a lot of people. Even though your bottle of water will most certainly be confiscated at your checkpoint, some folks, albeit apparently unwittingly, think little of trying to get a firearm through.
The TSA has found 1,105 firearms at security checkpoints so far this year. Last year, it found 1,320 total, and in 2010, 1,123, according to a UPI report.
A TSA spokesman told UPI that most people found with guns at airport security checkpoints bring them there “unintentionally.”
Some still slip through. Last week, ABC News reported, two loaded handguns were allowed to pass through TSA security checkpoints. An executive for the New Orleans Hornets mistakenly flew with his from New Orleans to Newark, although there are conflicting reports as to whether it was in his carry-on or checked baggage, and, a day earlier, a firearm in a firefighter’s carry-on bag made it safely from Orlando to Newark.
Even appropriately checked firearms must be unloaded.
“Unfortunately the reports I get . . . it's hundreds of times every day,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told ABC News. “It can’t be tolerated.”