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Passengers Irked About Airport Patdowns; TSA Chief John Pistole Discusses Issue

Update: 17 Firearms Found in Week at U.S. Airport Checkpoints

airport scanner 2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As part of an occasional snapshot of what’s happening at U.S. airports, here’s the latest:

Authorities found 17 firearms at airport checkpoints the week of Oct 4 to Oct. 10, according to the Transportation Security Administration, which runs the checkpoints.

Additionally, seven passengers during that week were arrested for suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents, TSA said.

The 17 figure is on the lower end. For instance, last Dec. 21-27, authorities found 37 firearms at airport checkpoints.

Aberrant Behavior at Airports Takes No Holiday: 21 Guns Seized in One Week

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — As we approach Christmas, it’s clear aberrant behavior at our friendly airports isn’t taking a holiday.
The latest figures from the Transportation and Safety Administration show that 21 firearms were found at checkpoints between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 and 17 passengers were arrested due to suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents.
What’s more, two “artfully concealed prohibited items” were found at checkpoints and there were 15 incidents involving a checkpoint closure, a terminal evacuation or sterile area breach.