Years after the 9/11 attacks prompted such serious crackdowns on airplane security that you can’t take a regular bottle of shampoo on board, the T.S.A. found 1,549 firearms on passengers attempting to go through screening in 2012.
According to The AP, this year alone screeners have “found 894 guns on passengers or in their carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year.” In one week in May, screeners seized a record 65 firearms, 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets actually in the chamber ready to be fired. The previous record was set two weeks earlier when they found 50 guns.
It’s strange enough to think that, in 2013, any person who can read well enough to purchase an airplane ticket does not know that they have to disclose firearms in their checked luggage, and that they cannot put firearms in their carry-on bags at all.
The excuses they give are ridiculous — some say that they didn’t know about the rules, and others say they just forgot the gun was there.
The possibility that they’re telling the truth is perhaps more frightening than the possibility that they’re lying.
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