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13 firearms intercepted at Detroit Metro Airport in first quarter of 2024, TSA says

(CBS-DETROIT) – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents intercepted thirteen firearms at Detroit Metro Airport in the first quarter of 2024.

The data for this quarter, which ended March 31, shows a decrease compared to the same period last year, when 26 weapons were intercepted.

This gun was discovered by TSA agents in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Detroit Metro Airport on April 9.


On April 4, 9 and 11, there were separate incidents where firearms were found in passengers’ hand luggage during X-ray searches. Wayne County Airport Police responded and seized the weapon in each incident.

“Nationwide, 1,503 firearms were detected at airport security checkpoints during the first quarter of the year,” TSA officials said in a news release. “This total represents an average of 16.5 firearms detected per day at TSA checkpoints, comparable to firearm detections during the same period in 2023, when TSA agents intercepted 1,508 firearms at airport security checkpoints, an average of 16.8 firearm seizures per day. ”

In 2023 and 2024, more than 93% of firearms were loaded.

TSA officials say the number of people screened at TSA checkpoints in the first quarter increased from more than 191 million in 2023 to more than 206 million in 2024.

“While it is certainly promising that the number of passengers bringing firearms to the checkpoint has decreased, one firearm at the checkpoint is too many,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “The demand for air travel is as high as ever, and safety is always our first priority. Every time we discover a firearm at the checkpoint, security screening is delayed for everyone. Traveling with a firearm is allowed and should be done. be properly packed as checked baggage and declared to the airline at the ticket counter. We always recommend that passengers start with a clean bag when packing to ensure there are no firearms, weapons or other prohibited items present.

If a person wishes to travel with a firearm, he or she must pack it unloaded and locked in a hard case and store it safely in a checked bag. In addition, the firearm must be declared when checking the bag at the cash register.

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