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Number of guns found in Tennessee airports drops in 2020

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.

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