440 guns found at Florida airport checkpoints in 2017

By Christie Zizo, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 5:28 PM EST

A reminder for those flying this Thanksgiving week -- make sure the guns are not in the carry-on luggage.

  • 440 firearms found in bags at Florida airport checkpoints in 2017
  • More than those discovered in all over 2016
  • 86 found at Tampa International, 81 at Orlando International
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More guns were found at Florida airport Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in 2017 than in 2016. The numbers did drop slightly in Orlando though.

Four-hundred-forty firearms were found at security checkpoints at Florida airports as of Nov. 20, 2017. They surpassed the 411 firearms found all of 2016.

Nationwide, 3,733 guns were found by TSA officers at airport checkpoints through Nov. 13, up from 3,391 firearms in all of 2016.

In Florida, the most firearms were discovered at checkpoints at Tampa International Airport, with 86, up from 79 in 2016, and 49 in 2015.

Orlando had the second most firearms discovered, with 81. That's down slightly from 86 in 2016. Orlando also had 49 firearms discovered in 2015.

Travelers can put firearms in checked luggage, provided they declare it to the airline, unload the gun and use a proper carrying case. But guns are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers could face criminal charges, along with civil penalties from TSA.