The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the agency has confiscated a record number of firearms from airline passengers at airports this year. At the same time, security and airline staff are dealing with a record number of belligerent passengers, largely because of masking rules and other pent-up aggression from the pandemic. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in an interview, “we've had many more incidences where there are passenger disturbances both in checkpoints and onboard aircraft. That makes it more important that there are no guns involved.” The agency reported catching 4,600 firearms at check points so far in 2021, a majority of which were loaded. One of the people caught trying to bring a gun onto a plane was Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn, who unsurprisingly did not face any consequences for doing so. It should be common sense that firearms wouldn’t be allowed on planes but there are plenty of people who simply don’t have any common sense or think that they can get away with it.
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