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9:11 am
Thu April 30, 2015

10 Guns Found At Charlotte Airport This Year

An assortment of weapons found at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Every week, as passengers step through the security line at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration finds dozens of guns, knives, and other exotic weapons.

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11:55 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

TSA Shifts Exit Lane Security To Airport

Charlotte Airport officials say it will cost $410,000 to plug a gap left by TSA, which has decided to no longer staff airport exit lanes.
Credit Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration says it will no longer staff passenger exits at Charlotte Douglas International Airport come January. 

To plug the security gap, interim aviation director Brent Cagle says Charlotte will spend close to half a million dollars paying contract workers from the private firm G4S to man the exits for nine months. During that time, Charlotte officials will explore permanent options – including the possibility of technology to secure the exits. 

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9:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Charlotte Airport Leads Nation In Expedited TSA Screening

TSA Administrator John Pistole in Charlotte on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Credit Julie Rose

The Transportation Security Administration has long been criticized for reacting to threats, rather than proactively preventing them: Someone tries sneak a liquid bomb onto a plane, so TSA limits the amount of liquid travelers can carry on.  A guy disguises a bomb in his underwear so TSA installs bodyscanners at airports.  But yesterday, the head of TSA was in Charlotte pitching a more targeted approach to airport screening. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.

2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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