Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport final yr had the doubtful distinction of recording probably the most gun seizures by TSA officers of any hub within the New York metropolitan space, the company revealed.

It additionally makes the fifth straight yr that Newark Airport had extra checkpoint gun seizures than its regional counterparts.

The 14 firearms found at Newark safety checkpoints in 2022 tie a latest excessive from 2018, Transportation Safety Administration statistics present. LaGuardia had 11 and JFK had seven.

General, the 39 handguns stopped at New York Metropolis regional airports final yr had been 50% greater than the 26 seized in 2021, the TSA reported.

JFK was the one regional airport to see a lower, whereas LaGuardia recorded its highest quantity ever, Farbstein mentioned.

“Every of the firearms was found by TSA officers throughout the routine screening of carry-on property at airport safety checkpoints,” the TSA’s Lisa Farbstein mentioned in releasing the figures on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Nationwide, the impact of COVID was introduced into sharp reduction.

Final yr, TSA officers picked off 6,542 weapons at airport safety checkpoints throughout the nation, the company reported. That is up from 5,972 present in 2021 and considerably greater than the three,257 from the pandemic yr of 2020.

A complete of 88% of the weapons seized at 262 airport checkpoints nationwide had been loaded, in keeping with TSA figures.

Apart from doable prison prosecution, makes an attempt to hold weapons aboard industrial flights can deliver fines exceeding $13,000 per violation. This is applicable to vacationers with or with out hid gun carry permits.

SEE: Civil Penalties For Attempting To Carry A Gun Aboard A Aircraft

Passengers can journey with firearms in checked baggage if they’re correctly packaged and declared on the airline ticket counter.

Weapons have to be unloaded, positioned in a hard-sided locked case and packed individually from ammunition. Then the locked case have to be taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared.

SEE: TSA Pointers For Correctly Touring With A Firearm

Small arms ammunition (as much as .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge) have to be packaged in a fiber (corresponding to cardboard), wooden, plastic, or steel field particularly designed to hold ammunition and declared to your airline.

Ammunition could also be transported in the identical hard-sided, locked case as a firearm if it has been packed as described above.

Vacationers can not use firearm magazines or clips for packing ammunition except they fully enclose the ammunition. Vacationers ought to test with their airline for ammo amount limits.

SEE: ‘I Forgot,’ ‘I Did not Know’: Weapons, Excuses Piling Up At Newark Airport Checkpoints

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