PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, a total of 82 handguns were stopped at Pennsylvania airport security checkpoints in the year 2022.

Although this is a decline from the 89 guns that were detected by TSA officers in 2021, the TSA reminds travelers that this is a spike from the 71 guns that were caught in 2019 (pre-pandemic).

The number of firearms caught at Philadelphia and Harrisburg International Airports increased, even though the number of firearms caught statewide went down.

A total of 44 guns were caught at Philadelphia last year. According to TSA officers, this set a new record for the number caught at the airport.

At Harrisburg, a record of 10 firearms were found last year, up from two the previous year.

TSA firearms caught at TSA checkpoints in airports in Pennsylvania, 2017 to 2022

Airport201720182019202020212022
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)352520263944
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)323435213226
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE)223161
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)471360
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP)114130
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)6674210
Erie International Airport (ERI)000111
University Park Airport (UNV)001000
Totals807571578982
Courtesy of TSA

According to TSA, a total of 6,542 firearms were detected at airport checkpoints across the nation in the year 2022. This was an increase from the 5,972 that were detected in 2021 and a large spike from the 4,432 detected in 2019.

Eighty-eight percent of the guns that were caught in 2022 were loaded. Firearms were detected at a total of 262 airport checkpoints nationwide, according to TSA.

National statistics: Firearms caught

by TSA at checkpoints, 2008 to 2022

YearNationwide
20226,542
20215,972
20203,257
20194,432
20184,239
20173,957
20163,391
20152,653
20142,212
20131,813
20121,556
20111,320
20101,123
2009976
2008926
Courtesy of TSA

TSA officers remind travelers that bringing a firearm to a checkpoint can result in criminal charges from law enforcement, as well as civil penalties from TSA. You cannot carry your firearm onto a plane, even if you have a permit to carry.

You can carry your firearm legally by following these simple guidelines.

Individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $15,000, according to TSA.

Along with facing civil penalties, travelers who violate the rules regarding traveling with firearms will also have their Trusted Traveler status and TSA PreCheck expedited screening benefits revoked.