Jan 19, 2023 - News

IAH among top airports with gun discoveries

Data: TSA; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

When packing for that weekend trip to visit your grandparents, please remember to put your Glock in your checked baggage.

Driving the news: George Bush Intercontinental Airport ranked third for most firearm discoveries in 2022, per the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

By the numbers: 298 guns were found at IAH security checkpoints in 2022 — up from 245 guns in 2021.

  • Nationally, 88% of the 6,542 firearms discovered in carry-on bags last year were loaded.

For the record: Guns must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container — and transported in checked baggage only.

  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.

Yes, but: Rifle scopes — but not silencers — are permitted in carry-on baggage.

Of note: A traveler with an improperly stored gun who has been approved for TSA PreCheck will lose PreCheck privileges.

  • Plus: When your gun gets caught at security, you inconvenience everyone else queued up.

The bottom line: Don't be that traveler who packs a loaded gun in their carry-on.

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