DAYTON (AP) — Federal transportation officials say more firearms are showing up at airport checkpoints in Ohio and around the country — and most have been loaded.
Most recently in Ohio, Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the Dayton International Airport on Sunday. Dayton Daily News reports it’s the third firearm confiscated by airport police this year — compared to just one in all of 2013.
The passenger was licensed to carry the gun, and he was not arrested.
TSA spokesman Mark Howell says through June, the agency has detected 1,025 firearms at checkpoints nationwide, a 25-percent increase over the same point a year ago.
That’s included nine firearms at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport; two in Cleveland; 12 in Port Columbus; and one at Akron/Canton.