100 firearms found in travelers’ carry-on luggage last year at RDU, TSA says

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — More than three times as many firearms were found in passenger carry-on luggage at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last year than in 2020.

The US Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday its officers found 100 firearms at RDU in 2021, up from 33 a year earlier.

The state’s two largest airports – RDU and Charlotte Douglas International (106) – accounted for 206 of the 254 firearms discovered statewide last year.

It’s the highest total for at least four years, and more than double the 105 found in 2020.

TSA agents in North Carolina found one firearm per approximately 61,000 screened passengers, which is higher than the national rate of one firearm per approximately 98,000 screened passengers.

The national leader was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, where 507 firearms were found, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth International (317) and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston (245).

The agency did not specify which types of firearms were most commonly found.

Travelers face both potential criminal charges and civil penalties of up to $13,900 for each violation for bringing firearms through a security checkpoint.

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