The head of the Transportation Safety Administration says his agents have stopped more than 1,000 guns from getting onto airplanes so far this year, and the numbers have been growing in recent months.
“More than 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, people are still trying to bring deadly weapons into the cabin of an airplane,” TSA administrator John Pistole said at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute.
Alarmingly, ABC News reports that the number of weapons being found is on the rise.
“We have seen a slight increase in guns being brought to the checkpoint over the past few months,” said a TSA official. “We don’t keep stats on why passengers bring prohibited items to airports but, anecdotally, passengers typically say they forgot it was in their bag.”
In his speech Pistole said those controversial full-body scanners have been working very well.
“We continue to see the efficacy of advanced imaging technology,” he said. “While there is no silver bullet technology, this technology gives our officers the best opportunity to detect both metallic and non-metallic threats, including improvised explosive devices such as the device [accused underwear bomber] Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate on Christmas day 2009.”