Despite many airports turning into ghost towns, the TSA is seeing a big jump in the rate of guns passengers are packing in carry-ons.
The Associated Press reports that TSA “said Monday that it found 58 guns at checkpoints from March 22 to April 22, compared with 346 guns over the same stretch last year. Adjusting for the 95% drop in travelers, that means TSA screeners found one gun for every 80,000 people screened — or 2.7 times the rate of a year ago, when they found one gun for every 216,200 people.”
To some degree, this shouldn’t be too surprising. Gun sales went through the roof this spring as the coronavirus pandemic spread. One gun store owner told Detroit’s Fox 2 News that people are “afraid there’s going to be a zombie apocalypse or some type of purge or something, I don’t know.”
Plus, aviation security professor Jeffrey Price told the AP that fewer passengers to screen means TSA “can take a lot more time with each person and their belongings.” Remember that TSA hasn’t exactly scored glowing numbers when it comes to spotting weapons. So it seems only natural that officers able to dedicate more time and effort to searching bags will find more items to inspect.
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