Wednesday, January 27, 2021 4:13 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says security officers at Tennessee's five largest airports found 162 guns in carry-on luggage in 2020, a decrease of only 19 incidents from the year before despite a significant drop-off of airline passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The TSA says Nashville International Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville and Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville saw decreases in the number of guns found in carry-on baggage. Memphis International Airport and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport saw increases. TSA screened nearly 5.7 million departing travelers at the five commercial Tennessee airports, about 44% of the total screened in 2019.