The number of firearms found in Idaho airports declined slightly last year.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, officers at six Idaho airports discovered a total of 24 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage in 2019, three fewer than the year prior. In each instance, the firearms were discovered during routine TSA screening of carry-on property at airport security checkpoints.
After 29 firearms were found at the Boise Airport in 2017, that number has dropped to 21 in 2018, and 19 last year. Just one firearm was discovered during screening at the Lewiston Airport in 2019 after no incidents in 2018, and three in 2017.
Idaho’s numbers buck the national trend of a 5 percent increase in guns found at TSA checkpoints.
Nationwide, TSA officers found 4,400 firearms in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints, averaging about 12 firearms per day.
87 percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded. (KTVB, TSA)