ATLANTA (AP) – Last year saw a record number of guns intercepted at airport checkpoints across the country.
The numbers have been steadily climbing and hit 6,542.
The Transportation Safety Administration head says this is a reflection of what’s going on in society and “there are more people carrying firearms.”
Experts don’t think it’s an epidemic of would-be hijackers.
Nearly everyone caught claims to have forgotten they had their gun with them.
But experts emphasize the danger even one gun can pose in the wrong hands on a plane or at a checkpoint.
The top 10 list for gun interceptions is Dallas, Austin and Houston in Texas; three airports in Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta; Phoenix; and Denver.