TSA finding more firearms

TSA finding more firearms

The variety and quantity of firearms discovered at the nation’s airports continued to grow in 2012.

As of Nov. 30, the Transportation Security Administration had uncovered about 1,500 firearms in carry-on bags and in the clothes of would-be passengers in 2012. That’s an increase of about 14 percent over the 1,320 weapons discovered by the TSA in 2011. The rise could partly be explained by an increase in the number of air passengers.

In the first nine months of the year, the number of passengers on U.S. carriers grew 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The higher gun count also could mean TSA officers are doing a better job of screening passengers, TSA spokesman David Castelveter said. “I’d like to believe we are being more vigilant in intercepting weapons as well,” he said.

The TSA does not arrest passengers with guns but instead alerts local law enforcement. With a few exceptions, passengers are banned from carrying firearms and other weapons into the cabin of a commercial plane.

American tops rude-worker list

Almost everyone who flies often has run into a rude airline worker. But which airline has the rudest employees of them all?

According to a survey of more than 1,000 travelers, American Airlines tops the list, with 25 percent of fliers saying the Fort Worth carrier has the rudest personnel. United Airlines came in second (21 percent), followed by Delta Air Lines (18 percent) and US Airways (12 percent), according to the survey by travel website AirfareWatchdog.

Although smaller airlines such as Alaska and Frontier were ranked at the bottom of the list, the website’s founder, George Hobica, said the rudeness level isn’t tied to the size of the airline.

Instead, he said, older workers for long-established airlines are probably more jaded, having gone through bankruptcies, layoffs, pay cuts and lost pensions.

Los Angeles Times

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