The Transportation and Security Administration had quite the year in 2013, screening almost 700 million people. During those scans, TSA agents confiscated plenty of guns, other dangerous weapons and some, well, flat-out startling items.
In its yearly overview, the agency said officers across the nation confiscated over 1,800 guns, 81 percent of them loaded. That’s a 16 percent increase from 2012. (Via Transportation Security Administration)
“The worst airports in the country for gun confiscations: Atlanta, Dallas Fort-Worth, George Bush in Houston and Sky Harbor.” (Via KPNX)
The guns were hidden all over the place: strapped to a person, stashed in a carry-on bag, in a toolbox, even inside a box of detergent. In one case, the agency found a shotgun hidden in a golf bag. (Via Transportation Security Administration)
Guns aside, U.S. travelers attempted to fly with some other pretty intense weapons like grenades, daggers, swords hidden in canes, even a stun gun that looked like lipstick. (Via Transportation Security Administration)
A WJZ-TV reporter spoke to one TSA agent about what they find and what excuses people make.
"From the tongs, to knives, meat cleavers, throwing stars, brass knuckles, you name it,” said the reporter.
“A lot of people say they forgot. A lot of people say that they didn’t realize these items were prohibited,” said the TSA agent. (Via WJZ-TV)
So, while it may be inconvenient to go through TSA checks at an airport, a writer for Forbes says, "All of this is a reminder that when we stand on those lines and take off our shoes [sic] there is a reason."
On a more serious note, the yearly review also said 2013 was the first year a TSA officer was killed in the line of duty. Gerardo Hernandez was killed by a gunman at LAX on Nov. 1.