TSA agents find twice as many guns per million passengers at airports in 2020 compared to previous year

Agents caught approximately 10 firearms per million passengers screened

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents process passengers at the south security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver. Federal safety officials are investigating people who took part in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to decide whether they belong on the federal no-fly list. The move is one of several that officials outlined Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (David Zalubowski, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents found twice as many firearms per million passengers at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019.

Overall, officers discovered a total of 3,257 firearms on passengers or in their carry-on bags at checkpoints. Of those firearms, about 83% were loaded.

To put that in some perspective, agents caught about 10 guns per one million passengers screened, a significantly higher rate than any other year since the agency’s inception, compared to about 5 guns per one million passengers screened in 2019.

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That came as total passengers screened in 2020 fell by 500 million.

In 2019, TSA officers stopped a record 4,432 firearms, of which 87 percent were loaded.

The most was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a total of 220 guns found. Dallas came in second with 176 and at Denver International Airport agents found 104.

According to the report agents at Jacksonville’s International Airport intercepted 36 guns in checked bags in all of 2020, 24th highest in the country.