The Transportation Security Administration is reminding airport travelers that it’s fine to stuff carry-on bags with clothes and toiletries. Just don’t pack any heat. TSA announced that its officers seized 4,432 guns at checkpoints last year — the most in the agency’s 18-year history. It also says that 87% of those guns (some 3,855) were loaded.
“The continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers bring to airport checkpoints is deeply troubling,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said. Nationwide, TSA says it caught firearms at 278 airports. That includes a missile launcher found in a Texas man’s luggage at the Baltimore/Washington International.