Passengers tried to bring 66 guns onto airplanes at RDU in 2018, TSA says

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Security checkpoints at North Carolina airports stopped passengers from bringing 171 guns onto planes in 2018.

The Transportation Security Administration said 66 of those guns were stopped at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Most of the guns were loaded.

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TSA said passengers trying to bring loaded guns with them onto flights continues to be a problem across the country. The agency confiscated 4,239 firearms at airport security checkpoints in the USA in 2018.

TSA also stopped passengers from bringing other hazardous materials and weapons--such as grenades, brass knuckles and martial arts tools--onto airplanes last year.

Passengers caught trying to bring weapons onto airplanes could face civil penalties of more than $13,000.

The agency says planning ahead and packing properly can make sure you avoid having to pay penalties and get through the screening process faster.

For a full list of what is allowed in your luggage, click here.
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