WASHINGTON (CBS) – In the week leading up to Memorial Day, TSA officials say they stopped a record number of guns from being carried onto planes.
The TSA said that they found 74 firearms in carry-on bags across the country, and six were loaded.READ MORE: Wife Of New Bedford Police Sergeant Who Died From COVID-19 Fights For Benefits
That breaks the previous record of 73 confiscated firearms in a week, which was set in April of this year.
The TSA is reminding fliers that they can only bring guns in checked bags, and they must be declared to the airline. The penalty for bringing a gun in a carry-on can be up to $11,000.READ MORE: Firework Thrown From Car Sparks Fire In Franklin; Police Search For Driver
“In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items,” the TSA said.
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The TSA also notes that finding a prohibited weapon in a carry-on will only hold up a security line longer, an issue that has been plaguing the agency all year.