The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has detected a record number of firearms during check-in at the airport so far this year.
By October, TSA agents had recovered 4,495 firearms from airline passengers - most of them loaded.
It 's is more than the previous record of 4,432 guns found across 2019, despite lower passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
TSA chief David Pekoske, said the number of guns found was "alarming ".
He said loaded guns were an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, had no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane and "represent a very costly mistake for passengers trying to board a plane.d 'a robbery with them ".
However, the TSA did not explain why people were trying to bring more guns on the flights.
While gun possession laws vary by state, airline passengers may travel with firearms in a registered bag when they are unloaded and locked in a hard case. airline representatives that they intend to travel with firearms when checking in.
Firearms are not allowed in the passenger cabin of a plane, even if a pAssager has a concealed weapon license.
If TSA officers detect a firearm at a checkpoint, they issue a penalty that varies depending on the number of previous offenses and whether the weapon was loaded at that time.
Media caption, The devastating human cost of increasing gun violence in the United States United