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TSA Finds 20 Percent More Guns In Carry-On Bags In 2015, And Most Are Loaded

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TSA Finds 20 Percent More Guns In Carry-On Bags In 2015, And Most Are Loaded

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By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Airport security screeners in the U.S. found a record high number of firearms in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded, officials said.

The Transportation Security Administration said it found 2,653 firearms, 20 percent more than in 2014, and that 83 percent of them contained ammunition.

The agency suggested that the increase may be the result of better search techniques by airport screeners, although a moderate uptick in the number of travelers also may have contributed.

“The transport of firearms by commercial air in carry-on bags represents a threat to the safety and security of air travelers,” TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger said. “Through increased training in detection methods, our officers are becoming more adept at intercepting these prohibited items.”

Firearms were discovered in carry-ons at 236 airports last year, the TSA said. Those with the most were:

—Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with 153 firearms found

—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 144

—Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, with 100

—Denver International Airport, with 90

—Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, with 73

All weapons, including guns, knives and ammunition, as well as inert bombs and realistic props made to look like firearms, are prohibited in carry-on bags on commercial planes.

Travelers who bring firearms to an airport checkpoint can face criminal charges and fines.

The TSA said it screened 708 million passengers in 2015, up about 6 percent from the previous year.

©2016 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Photo: A man walks past an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 26, 2015.     REUTERS/Jim Young 

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  1. FireBaron January 22, 2016

    You really have to wonder just how untrained, stupid or arrogant these individuals are. What part of “NO FIREARMS” in carry on baggage do they insist on not understanding? Are they so paranoid that they believe this is necessary now?

    Reply
    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2016

      Their entire idea is to get rid of laws they don’t like so they can BE the ONLY law. Mental institutions are full of nuts like these neurotic sociopaths.

  2. Otto Greif January 22, 2016

    I miss being able to fly with inert bombs and realistic props in my carry-on. Those were the days.

    Reply
    1. Sand_Cat January 22, 2016

      :>)

  3. joe schmo January 22, 2016

    Do you fear for your children: You better because this could happen here! BiBi Wilhialm.

    TRANSCRIPT:

    Hello, you can read the newspapers but this video is about the real
    situation in Germany. I would like to tell everyone about this on
    Youtube and Facebook. I am almost 16. I would like everyone to know what
    is going on, what I am authentically feeling at this moment.

    And I am so scared everywhere. For example, if my family and I go
    out together, or if I see a movie with my friends. Usually I stay at
    home, but sometimes I stay out until 6 pm in winter, and it is so scary.
    It is just very hard to live day-to-day life as a woman.

    I just want to say that I am not a racist. But one day, a
    terrible thing happened at the supermarket. I ran all the way home. I
    was so frightened for my life. There’s no other way to describe it.

    My aunt and her friend have said you have to grow up. Why should
    we, children, have to grow up in such fear? It’s not just me, my friends
    too. You can see on Facebook, a 17 year old attacked, a 15 year old
    attacked, two 12-year olds attacked, so many. It is really so sad that
    this is happening … because of YOU PEOPLE. 🙁

    I cannot understand why they do this. But more importantly, I
    cannot understand why Germany is doing nothing! Why is Germany standing
    by, watching, and then doing nothing? Please explain, why. Men of
    Germany, these people are killing your children, they are killing your
    women. We need your protection. We are so scared, we don’t want to be
    frightened to go to the grocery store alone after sunset. The
    politicians live alone in their villas, drink their cocktails, and do
    nothing. They do nothing! I do not know what world they live in, but
    please, people, please help us! Please, do something! I cannot
    understand why this is happening. One day, my friend and I were walking
    down the street, and a group of Arabs were protesting and demonstrating.
    They shouted, “Allah! Allah! Allah is the one God! Kill those infidels!
    Allah Allah!” What should I do? Should I wear a burka? Why should I
    have to convert to Islam?

    It’s fine if you believe in Allah, but why do you want to make
    everyone else believe in Allah too? I just think it would be better if
    there were no religion. Stop trying to make everyone else believe in
    your God when they do not want to.

    Please, people of Germany. Do something!

    When I try to tell the authorities about what has happened, they
    hold their hand up towards me and they say it is a problem and then
    ignore it. and they laugh. It is unfair. They laugh at us. They say we
    are dumb. They think this not only of me, but of the entire state of
    Germany. They don’t care about our fear. Please help us. This is an
    emergency! There are more and more of them.

    One time in summer, the Muslims said we were sluts for walking outside in a t-shirt.

    Yes, we were wearing t-shirts. It’s summer!

    Another day, I was wearing this. My friend and I purchased it
    while shopping hehe. If we feel like wearing it, we will wear it! And
    you Muslims have no right to physically assault or rape us for it! God
    willing, never in my life. You have no right to attack us because we are
    wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.

    The life of Germany has changed because these people cannot
    integrate. We give them so much help. We support them financially and
    they do not have to work. But they only want more babies and more
    welfare and more money. Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and
    protect us. Do this for your women and your children. If you do that, I
    believe that we will have a chance.

    This sort of action would be wonderful. We would be so grateful
    and thankful. So many thanks, if steadily, more men would come to
    protect us. We are so scared.

    I am so upset about what Merkel has done.

    Thank you, Angela Merkel, for killing Germany! I have no more
    respect for you, Merkel. I do not think you know what you have done. You
    do not see how our lives have changed. Open your eyes! Is this normal?
    Should I, a 16-year old who is almost 17, be so scared to walk outside
    my house? No, it is not normal. You have killed Germany!

    This is the truth. We are no longer allowed to walk outside. We
    are no longer allowed to wear our clothes. We are no longer allowed to
    live the German life. This is the sad truth.

    I think it’s about time to end this video. I believe I have given
    a full account from a normal person. I hope others can see this and
    understand.

    I only want to end with one message: Men, please, help your
    women. Help your children. I am so scared. My friends have the same
    fear. We are shocked that this has happened. I hope this video can
    convince you, and that this terrible events can stop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BCrL8kDRdI

    Reply
    1. Sand_Cat January 22, 2016

      Germany must be a perfect environment for the GOP. The usual fear-mongering isn’t even necessary, according to this.
      Seriously, I agree with some of the stuff; religious fanatics of any stripe are dangerous to the liberty of all. Those who claim a “war on Christians” here are the terrorists of the future.

      1. joe schmo January 23, 2016

        Quite the opposite. Germany is more like the new Weimar Republic. Perfect place for you head in the sand.

    2. JPHALL January 22, 2016

      Right wing propaganda is the same world wide. Project, project, project. Fear, fear, fear.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2016

        I so agree…and once your reconcile what is behind their need to create fear…you see the true agenda…exactly the same as Hitler’s. Scare the hell out of the entire country..so they hope and that way they pull out their guns and they take over. What a bunch of freaks of nature.

        1. joe schmo January 23, 2016

          Growing up on a little farm did not allow you to grow and it did not enable you to see the world as it is. You literally walk around with rose colored glasses. Time to get out Eleanore. May I suggest the first place you should visit. The Middle East.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2016

            And the big city boy who can’t wipe his own butt without help grew into a Big Baby who pulls tantrums when anyone dares to disagree with him..and then runs to his autocratic MdDaddy for advice..You literally walk around with cow dung in your eyes City Boy…Mostly because you were taught that looking skyward cows can fly…Time to get your brain into a mental institution …you and your guns only show what a coward you and your gun freaks are.

            If I lived on a small farm and my father NEVER needed a gun.. what the hell is YOUR DAddy’s excuse? Other than being a coward that is.

          2. BillP January 23, 2016

            Eleanore you are correct about Joe Scmuck. She (so she claims) is always finding some article or opinion piece that is so biased and slanted to support her fear mongering claim. She should change her alias to “Chicken Little”.

          3. Buck Ofama January 25, 2016

            By the same token, we should call you “NAMBLA boy.” Or how about just “billpussy?” Which do you prefer, @sshole?

          4. joe schmo January 26, 2016

            LOL, they usually are wimps who hide behind their computers. They would never tell a country boy, veteran, military and police what they are telling us to our faces.

          5. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2016

            Take away your Big Daddy crutch and you are useless. Did Big daddy give you your weekly pittance?

          6. BillP January 26, 2016

            I have told you this a couple of times already, I served in the military and anytime you or your tough guy husband want to call me coward, you can meet me in NYC to tell me face to face. Your are an ignorant person who talks tough on the computer but never backs it up. Put up or shut up!

          7. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            You’re a f-ing liar.

          8. BillP January 26, 2016

            You are hitting new low, but then you are one of the lowest trolls on this site. You have nothing to offer but garbage and so I expect this kind of comment.

          9. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            Does NM know you talk like this? Of course they do. That’s why they banned you. Ha! Ha! Ha!

          10. BillP January 27, 2016

            You do realize that your comment is untrue otherwise I couldn’t read your garbage or reply to it. Again laughing at nothing isn’t something normal people do only lonely weird Kewl Dewds do.

          11. Buck Ofama January 27, 2016

            You do realize that punctuation is required in sentences, don’t you? Or are you just not proof reading your comments again, stupid?

            So much desperation from such a little runt.

          12. BillP January 28, 2016

            Why would I waste any time on that with an ignorant loser twit.

          13. Buck Ofama January 28, 2016

            Is that a question again, runt?

          14. BillP January 29, 2016

            That is a statement, Kewl Dewd” you aren’t worth the time to worry about punctuation, Polly.

          15. Buck Ofama January 29, 2016

            Illiterate much. loser girl?

          16. BillP January 30, 2016

            Trying to divert again? Still waiting for your proof on the national debt #’s.

          17. Buck Ofama January 30, 2016

            Wait no more, fool. Just go back and reread my links, moron.

          18. BillP January 31, 2016

            Only 1 link was provided by you and it wasn’t for the “Total” national debt, loser twit. You are just trying to divert from the fact that you are “wrong, wrong, wrong”. Einstein you can easily prove me wrong, just tell me what the “Total national debt” was as of 1/29/2016. You won’t because that would prove you ” wrong, wrong, wrong”.

          19. Buck Ofama January 31, 2016

            You’re either stupid or a liar, loser girl – probably both.

          20. Buck Ofama January 28, 2016

            Let me tell you what I’m laughing at, sweetcheeks, because I know you’re too dumb to get it. It’s simply hilarious to watch an inept buffoon like you try to punk people on here with desperate, stupid “points.” Trust me, idiot, “normal” people reading your posts are in stitches. Ha! Ha! Ha!

          21. BillP January 28, 2016

            Still waiting for your raw US national debt #’s to prove your uninformed comment. I wasn’t aware at you are interested in “sweetcheeks”, does your supposed “wife” know that you swing that way?

          22. Buck Ofama January 28, 2016

            Asked and answered, dumbass.

          23. BillP January 29, 2016

            I didn’t realize you are familiar with the cruising grounds of Central Park but then again you are always writing about working the glory holes and filling up on the white goo.
            As for asked and answered, you know you haven’t provided any of the raw data that is used to calculate the % change or $ change in the national debt. If you had you would have had to admit you are wrong. The correct answer is up 78% and 8.3 trillion.

          24. Buck Ofama January 29, 2016

            You told me all about them, glory hole.

            Asked and answered, you cosmically stupid @sshole.

          25. BillP January 30, 2016

            Actually you were the one to bring it up. By the way “Kewl Dewd” if you use the plural “them” the should the plural “holes”, Einstein. Still waiting for your raw US national debt #’s to prove your uninformed comment.Still waiting for your raw US national debt #’s to prove your uninformed comment.

          26. Buck Ofama January 30, 2016

            You’re pathetic desperation is simply hilarious.

          27. BillP January 31, 2016

            Denial is the sign of a delusional mind and you are totally in denial “Kewl Dewd”. That name still is hilarious.

          28. Buck Ofama January 31, 2016

            Your desperation and anger at getting punked is what’s hilarious, fool.

          29. Buck Ofama January 28, 2016

            If it isn’t true, then you wasted a lot of time setting up a sock puppet. Either way, you’re your usual perverted, degenerate, stupid self.

          30. BillP January 28, 2016

            I have never set up sock puppet, you did “KD”.

          31. Buck Ofama January 28, 2016

            You’re too stupid to even know what I’m talking about. Either that, or you’re a dimwitted liar.

          32. BillP January 29, 2016

            Damn you can write like a prepubescent teen, only they would be more original than you with this infantile babbling. Again laughing at nothing isn’t good for you, it shows your lack of intelligence and maturity. Still waiting for data on national debt, where is it?

          33. Buck Ofama January 29, 2016

            Damn, you’re the most ironic poster here. Also the most illiterate.

          34. BillP January 30, 2016

            Still waiting for data on national debt, where is it? Claiming “Asked and Answered” doesn’t work, you’re (not “your”, dummy), you need to prove your statements.

          35. Buck Ofama January 30, 2016

            Still waiting for you to say something intelligent. Glad I didn’t hold my breath.

          36. BillP January 31, 2016

            Still waiting for your proof on the national debt #’s. Guess you can’t provide them, lonely, loser twit?

          37. Buck Ofama January 31, 2016

            Do you have too much splooge in your eyes to read, pansy?

          38. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            No doubt of it.

          39. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            Wait for it. We’re about to hear from billpussy’s sock puppet.

          40. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2016

            WE know what to call you…but we prefer to leave that to the mental health professional at your asylum. and the sewer mouth and warped mind of Bucky Beaver rises from his trash pile.

          41. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            You’re so weak you beg for attention from people who call you a “feminazi.”

          42. BillP January 26, 2016

            This dummy uses an alias on Disqus of “Kewl Dewd”. I never have known anybody over 14 that would use this as a name. As for the content of his comment, it speaks for itself. Low intellect and low class as is usual for this ignorant, know nothing troll.

          43. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            Such an ironic comment. Say, do you know who the most pathetic people on the internet are? People who use sock puppets. Sit on that one, sock puppet.

          44. BillP January 26, 2016

            Another babbling comment from “Kewl Dewd”, what else should I expect from this lonely loser twit?

          45. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            What else would I expect from a foul mouthed fool who posts pedophilic fantasies that that he’d be banned? Right, sock puppet? Ha! Ha! Ha!

          46. BillP January 27, 2016

            I never posted any pedophilic comments, you are the only one bringing this type of comments up. Still not proof reading your comments I see. ” fantasies that that he’d be banned” do you stutter KD?

          47. Buck Ofama January 27, 2016

            You’re a f-ing liar. Did you get tired of your sock puppet already, liar? Say, what does “haveough” mean again? I seem to have misplaced my gibberish to English dictionary again, and I’m having trouble understanding you – not that there’s anything to understand.

          48. BillP January 28, 2016

            Then why do you read my comments and replying “KD? I may have typos in my comments but I can back up my comments with provable data unlike you.

          49. joe schmo January 26, 2016

            AWWWWW Billly boy, how’s that stock market working for you? Another I told you so moment:)

          50. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2016

            Nah…she/he is just showing her/his trailer sized butt …Big Daddy is off with his “Big Haired, Huge Bazongas Bleached Babes.” rofl.

          51. BillP January 26, 2016

            As usual you can be so short sighted on investment matters. The S&P 500 is still up well over 100% and the Nasdaq is up over 200% My investments are down 5% for 2106 but since 1/20/2009 (you know what that date represents) my investments are up about 175%. Every time you open your mouth about the stock market you show how ignorant you are about it. Want to compare how well your daddy’s gold and silver have done since 1/20/2009, the stock market returns are much, much higher than gold or silver returns. As for another told you moment, don’t look at the market today, S&P 500 up 1.41% and the Nasdaq up 1.09%. You have often shown your lack of knowledge and/or understanding of many things by the inane comments you have posted here.

          52. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            As usual, you deny that your messiah increased the deficit by over $9 trillion.

          53. BillP January 27, 2016

            Well once again you are wrong. The total national debt on 1/20/2009 (Obama’s inauguration date) was 10.63 trillion and as of yesterday it’s 18.97 trillion, that’s an increase of 8.34 trillion not 9 trillion. Can’t do basic math can you “Kewl Dewd” (do the kids at school pick on you for this name?) Also the & change in the “total” national debt is 78% not 103%. Damn you are one stupid and lame KD.

          54. Buck Ofama January 27, 2016

            No, I’m not wrong. You’re wrong. You’re just too stupid to know it.

            Tell the truth. The members of the football team used to dump you headfirst into the trash can on your way home from school, didn’t they? That’s why you hate people like me so much, isn’t it?

          55. BillP January 28, 2016

            Hey “Kewl Dewd” prove my numbers wrong by showing your #s. Until you can do that you are wrong and worse an ignorant loser twit.
            In psychology what you are trying to do is project onto me something that happened to you “Kewl Dewd” and I bet often. It’s called transference, Polly.

          56. Buck Ofama January 26, 2016

            Don’t expect liberals to own their failures. They’ve been refusing to do so for over 80 years.

          57. joe schmo January 26, 2016

            Trust me deary, I have lived in the city and on a ranch. I know both worlds my dear. I have also traveled extensively.

            I would like u to look at my husband and tell him that to his face.

            Let’s see how brave you are when some lunatic from the city points a gun in your face and you stand there defenseless. How bout venturing out in Compton or Watts or better yet, Harlem alone at night without protection.

          58. Eleanore Whitaker January 26, 2016

            Joemomo…Unlike you I am not a financially dependent clinging vine who can’t validate my gender without a set of balls to prove I’m a woman like you are.

            As for how brave I am..I am 4’10” tall..meaning eyelevel with your husbands so-called brave balls. One kick and you are out of hubby’s bed like lightning looking for satisfaction elsewhere.

            Unlike you, I have NEVER needed any man and in case you missed it, you are nothing more than an albatross around Mr. Man’s neck. He just won’t tell you that. You have a pisspoor level of self-esteem and suck up any self-respect by kissing Mr. Man’s butt. YOu fool no one.

      2. joe schmo January 23, 2016

        LOL, you people are SO clueless. Seems a change is coming in this country and it isn’t going in your favor. But you will keep pushing until we are communists. Remember America has checks and balances. Keeping my fingers crossed. Border Fence here we come. Bye Bye to all the socialist vagrants coming in. Everyone needs to come in LEGALLY!

        1. JPHALL January 24, 2016

          So much BS. The Communists have been here since the early 1900’s. Your fear is unfounded and sad. You need to leave your little bomb shelter and see the real world. Subject: Re: Comment on TSA Finds 20 Percent More Guns In Carry-On Bags In 2015, And Most Are Loaded

          1. joe schmo January 26, 2016

            You included? The communists tried a take over in the 1940’s and the socialists did NOT succeed.

            Really! I have traveled all over the world. My family came over to America LEGALLY. My father escaped communist EU. I saw communist EU as a child. I am bilingual and I have a master’s degree. I think it is u who needs to cut the wire from your eyes.

            I know damn well what the subject was. Your media simply forgets to mention many things. So I feel it necessary to include them in my comments.

          2. JPHALL January 27, 2016

            I also an educated. Unlike you I d not have an axe to grind. My statement was that the communists and Socialists have been here for decades. Once again your ignorance of American history is showing. Eugene V. Debs was a prominent Socialist during the early 1900’s. Debs was a founding member of the Social Democracy of America (1897), the Social Democratic Party of America (1898), and the Socialist Party of America (1901).
            As to the communists: By August 1919, only months after its founding, the American Communist Party claimed 50,000 to 60,000 members in America. Yes they almost took over this country but FDR took away their thunder and Stalin basically killed their appeal. They still exist in America. Before making stupid statements do some research! Subject: Re: Comment on TSA Finds 20 Percent More Guns In Carry-On Bags In 2015, And Most Are Loaded

  4. rednekokie January 23, 2016

    These people should have their weapons confiscated permanently, and spend some time in jail awaiting a trial for terrorism. There is no excuse for this. Ever.

    Reply
  5. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2016

    You have a generation of middle aged wusses who think pow pow pow pow answers it all. Until they have to deal with the consequences of their actions. The mentality of these gun addicts is the same as a drug addict’s …Can’t be reasoned with, refuse to obey laws that protect society from miltant nuts and zero ability to know there is a time and a place for everything. Watch what happens when one of these middle aged “militia” addicts think an airline flight is their opportunity to get attention.

    Reply
    1. Independent1 January 23, 2016

      Did you notice that 2 of the airports with the most guns confiscated are in Texas? And 4 of the 5 listed are in Red States!! Why am I not surprised!!

      1. 2ThinkN_Do2 January 24, 2016

        Maybe you will also realize that Atlanta is the busiest airport in the USA . . and that 4 of the 5 listed airports are in the top 10 busiest in the USA. Of course that knowledge wouldn’t allow you to spread the BS about Red States.

    2. 2ThinkN_Do2 January 24, 2016

      Did they happen to list the profile of those they catch with weapons in their luggage? I didn’t notice it . . . . you might be surprised if you really knew who it was . . .

      1. Independent1 January 24, 2016

        Being busy has nothing to do with it clueless. These airports are busy because they have a lot of connecting flights – but the luggage of passengers making connecting flights are inspected in their departure airports – so the vast majority of those guns are being confiscated from people living in Texas and Georgia and Arizona: people living departing from those airports IN THIER HOME STATE!!!

        1. 2ThinkN_Do2 January 24, 2016

          Actually, you don’t know that. For all you know, they had them in their luggage below the passenger deck when they left home, and then forgot to put them back when they went to return to New York or LA or Chicago or . . . . Then too, they might have missed them at their original departure. In addition, just because the flight comes from a state some label as red; doesn’t imply the person with the weapon is a particular type of person as is trying to be conveyed. Keep trying to profile . . . As for your guarantee (r u Justin Wilson?) Atlanta #1, LA #2, O’Hare#3, Dallas#4 for total passenger boardings; upon a quick search.

          1. Independent1 January 24, 2016

            What are you talking about?? This article is about the TSA finding guns in carry-on luggage. Carry-on luggage is only inspected in the original departing airport. The TSA doesn’t re-check carry-ons when you get off a plane and reboard in a connecting airport. Sorry, but the reason the TSA finds more guns in people’s carry-ons in airports in Texas, Georgia and Arizona is because these 3 states have very lax gun-carry laws including open carry. Come on!!!!!!

          2. 2ThinkN_Do2 January 24, 2016

            Yeah you’re right, not: read this . . . “An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.

            The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.

            According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.”

            PS – the gun laws of the state have nothing at all to do with people carrying a weapon onto an airplane.

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