The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed some of the astonishing items confiscated at airports in 2013.
Loaded guns, live ammunition, swords, throwing ‘star’ knives, dubious-looking containers of black powder, weapon replicas and even a faulty suicide bomber vest were all seized last year.
A total of 1,813 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the US, averaging nearly five guns a day. Of those, 81 per cent – or 1,477 – were loaded.
Guns were intercepted at 205 airports across America last year – with Atlanta topping the list for having 111 guns seized.
The TSA says it saw a 16.5 percent increase in firearm seizures in 2013 – 257 more weapons than the 1,556 confiscated the year before.
The TSA unveiled the haul in a blog on its website. Officers, who provide security at airports all over the US, screened more than 638 million people in 2013 (over 1.7 million every day).
Last year was the first time a TSA officer was killed in the line of duty. Gerardo I. Hernandez was shot at Los Angeles International Airport in November.