Transportation Security Administration screeners confiscated 73 guns from carry -on luggage at the nation's airports last week, the most ever. That beat the previous record of 68 collected in a single week in October of 2015.
 
Of the 73 discovered at security checkpoints during the week of April 15-21, 68 were loaded and 27 had a round chambered, the TSA said.
 
"This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home," the TSA wrote on its blog.
 
Passengers caught with prohibited items can be cited and face a penalty as high as $11,000, the agency said. And each time a prohibited item is found, everybody experiences inconvenience because the security is slowed down. The TSA took a lot of heat for slow lines at MSP and across the country during the busy spring break period.
 
None of the 73 weapons or replicas were found at MSP Airport, but five were found at Dallas-Fort Worth, four each in Phoenix and Raleigh-Durham and three in Atlanta.  In Richmond, a man was caught with an unloaded .22 caliber pistol in his carry-on bag while at Baltimore-Washington a man with 36 bullets in his carry-on bag was arrested by police. He had an outstanding warrant.
 
Before heading to the airport, check any carry-on bags to be sure they are free from prohibited items which include firearms, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns and small pocketknives.
 
"If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc.. it is prohibited, the TSA reminds passengers. "Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft."
 
Firearms and ammunition can be transported in checked luggage provided they are declared to the airline, the TSA said.
 

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