Nunchucks, umbrella shank and 150 handguns among weapons found at Austin airport

Representatives from the Transportation Security Administration gathered at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Friday morning, January 20, to demonstrate how to pack firearms and ammunition into checked baggage.

Many travelers passing through Austin seemed to be in dire need of a refreshment: in 2022, AUS broke its own record for the most guns found in carry-on and undeclared guns in checked baggage at 150.

As such, AUS is in the top 10 in the US, ranking eighth overall and third in the state of Texas, behind Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (385) and George W. Bush International Airport in Houston (298). Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport led the nation in finding 448 firearms.

AUS added more this morning as two handguns were found in carry-on luggage at the airport ahead of a 10:30 a.m. media scrum, bringing the number to six in the first three weeks of 2023 alone.

“It’s important for us to educate the public and inform them that they can travel with firearms,” says Patricia Mancha, TSA spokesperson for seven states, including Texas. “We don’t want to forbid you to take weapons with you when you travel. We’re just asking you to follow a few simple steps.”

The TSA demonstrates how to properly pack firearms and ammunition for travel.

Chris O’Connell/MySA

Travelers must ensure that their firearms are unloaded, packed in a hard lockable container, declared by the airline and placed in checked baggage.

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