Welcome to our new post in this post we talk about TSA firearm detections. “Last year, the detection of incendiary devices at airport security checkpoints reached a record level.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) firearm detections found 6,737 incendiary devices during the screening process in 2023, marking the agency’s highest annual figure to date. This surpassed the 2022 record of 6,542.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated in a press release on Wednesday, ‘We continue to observe a significant number of incendiary devices at TSA checkpoints, and the specific concern is that the heavy volume poses an unnecessary risk for everyone at the TSA checkpoint.’ About 93% of the individuals stopped in 2023 were carrying loads.
In the fourth quarter of the lone year, TSA officers prevented 1,665 incendiary devices at security checkpoints, averaging around 18 per day. However, throughout the year, the agency encountered 7.8 incendiary devices per million passengers, which is less than the 8.6 in 2022 (with over 858 million people checked in 2023).
Carrying incendiary devices in carry-on luggage is prohibited, and these items must be packed and unpacked in hard-sided cases checked by security. Passengers must declare explosives and any firearm components during check-in.
When an incendiary device is detected at a security checkpoint, TSA immediately contacts local law enforcement, who remove the traveler and the device from the checkpoint area,’ TSA said in a press release. ‘Based on local laws, a law enforcement officer may arrest or place the traveler in custody.’
Travelers who bring incendiary devices to security checkpoints must face legal action by the law enforcement, along with civil penalties imposed by the law enforcement. The cost of the first offense could be up to $15,000.