With three and a half months left to go, 2022 has already seen more people attempt to take guns through Logan International Airport than during the entirety of last year.
“Passengers can travel by air with a firearm, but they have to follow proper procedures. It’s never OK to have a firearm in your carry-on bag,” Daniel Velez, the Transportation Security Administration’s spokesman for New England, told the Herald.
The 20th find of the year came early Tuesday morning when a petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard went through security with a fully loaded 9mm pistol in her diaper bag.
Gun findings really only dropped in the first pandemic year, when TSA agents at Logan International found only 11 in 2020. But the next year, the carry-on gun numbers returned to a relative normalcy by matching 2019 at 18, according to a chart released by the TSA.
In total, 28 firearms were detected in airport security in the TSA’s New England region.
In addition to the 20 at Logan, three guns have been found at Rhode Island T. F. Green International in Warwick, two at Connecticut’s Bradley International near Hartford, two at Bangor International in Maine and one at Manchester-Boston Regional in New Hampshire.
On Sunday, TSA agents at Logan also found a set of six pen-sized throwing knives in a carry-on bag.
“Even small knives/cool looking knives like these need to be properly sheathed and checked,” Velez tweeted Tuesday. “The Maine resident was eventually cleared to continue to Miami…minus the knives.”