Transportation Security Administration

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.

TSA Shifts Exit Lane Security To Airport

Nov 10, 2013
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. 

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:

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

Jan 3, 2013

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.