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Guns, swords, grenades: busy year for air passenger seizures

Published on Jan 25, 2014 5:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - It's a given that bringing a loaded firearm onto a US plane is illegal. But that did not stop 1,477 people from trying to do just that last year, officials said on Friday.

Passengers also sought to sneak grenades, inert explosives, tear gas, cane-swords and even a medieval mace onto flights, all part of the varied weaponry detected at airport checkpoints by the Transportation Security Administration in 2013.

TSA said agents seized 1,813 guns, 1,477 of them loaded, from checkpoints at 205 airports last year, thanks to the use of metal detectors and advanced imaging technology.

That marks a 16.5-per cent increase in firearm seizures from 2012.

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