CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The number of people still trying to get through TSA checkpoints and on to planes with firearms, most of which are loaded, has set another record in 2018.
In 2017, TSA agents discovered 3,957 firearms which was a record setting year.
On average agents confiscate 10.8 guns a day from the 440 airports around the country.
Already, in 2018 they have seized more than 4,000 with a huge travel a week coming up.
Every week the TSA puts out a list of the weapons found in carry-on bags, and offers the same explanation as to why.
“In most cases the traveler forgets the item is in their bag. This can lead to a citation and in some cases arrest. Unfortunately, this happens far too often. Our goal in sharing these finds is to remind travelers to check their bags and the rules before heading to the airport,” the news release states.
You can travel with firearms but there are several rules like the weapon has to be unloaded, in a hard case and checked luggage. For those regulations click here.
Of the weapons found in 2017, 83 percent were loaded and 34.8 percent of the time there was a round in the chamber, meaning a simple pull of the trigger and the gun would fire.
According to TSA, agents at Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) found 21 guns in carry-on luggage so far this year. That’s up from 19 last year.
At the Akron-Canton Airport, agents found six guns in 2017, and four so far in 2018.
In the coming weeks TSA will put out 2018 total numbers.
Here is a lighthearted look at the top 10 most unusual items found at TSA checkpoints: