Atlanta tops new TSA rankings for gun confiscations at airports

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – TSA reports that the number of guns confiscated at U.S. airports continues to climb.

And our region is well represented.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International took the prize for most confiscated guns in 2016 (198 guns).

Texas (Dallas & Houston) airports placed 2nd and 3rd.

Nashville International was 7th nationally (80 guns).

The number of confiscations rose 28% last year across the country.

The Atlanta airport blew by their previous gun record in October.

That’s impressive.

Yes, Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport, but they do NOT lead in passengers going through TSA checkpoints, because a lot of their traffic are connecting from other airports.

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Chattanooga’s Metropolitan Airport had 16 confiscations in 2016, up from just 10 the year before.

Here is a story we did in April on a gun confiscated at Chattanooga’s Metropolitan Airport.

Another TSA video looking back at the strangest things they found in 2016.

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