Courtesy of TSA

The last record was set in October 2015.

April 26, 2016

The TSA revealed that they broke a record last week after intercepting 73 firearms found in passenger’s carry-ons. That’s five more than the previous record set in October 2015.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent, which is why we talk about these finds," the TSA said in a blog post Friday. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”

Passengers caught with firearms can face a penalty as high as $11,000, but there are some allowances for traveling legally with one. It must be unloaded, in a lock box, packed in checked baggage, and pre-approved by the airline.

The TSA also warned travelers about other forbidden items. “If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited,” they added. “When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.”

Jordi Lippe-McGraw is a contributing digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WellTraveler.

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