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TSA: Honolulu passenger tried to smuggle gun in book

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:55 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2013

An airline passenger tried to smuggle a gun hidden in a hollowed-out book at Honolulu Airport last year, the Transportation Security Agency reported this morning.

The gun incident, which occurred in March, was one 1,543 firearms discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, the TSA reported on its website today.

The TSA said that amounts to a little over four firearms per day. Of those, 1,215 (78.7 percent) were loaded. Firearms have been found at a total of 199 airports with Atlanta on top of the list - 95 in 2012. 

The TSA said that 637,582,122 passengers in 2012, or around 1,746,800 a day.

In addition to the firearms, TSA officers found a live grenade, several different types of explosive devices, a grenade launcher and a watch resembling a piece of an improvised explosive device.

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false wrote:
America is full of crazy people.
on January 10,2013 | 07:13AM
Anonymous wrote:
Apparently so are America's planes.
on January 10,2013 | 07:17AM
kainalu wrote:
Have gun, will shoot. As American as mom and apple pie.
on January 10,2013 | 12:32PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
on January 12,2013 | 12:44PM
zhawaii wrote:
It's amazing how many idiots think they will get on a plane with a gun.
on January 10,2013 | 07:40AM
Anonymous wrote:
But then again, how many succeed? We have no stats on that. If 100,000 get through and they only catch 1,543, who's lacking?
on January 10,2013 | 07:46AM
saveparadise wrote:
Thank you TSA. No other terrorist attacks since 911. Complete the search and keep the line moving.
on January 10,2013 | 08:03AM
DABLACK wrote:
Good going TSA, now if only the food concessions can LOWER their prices for a happier trip.
on January 10,2013 | 08:16AM
jsoshi wrote:
So, what was their punishment?
on January 10,2013 | 09:36AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
They should make the penalties tougher for those who stow guns in their luggage or on their person. Obviously the numbers show that these people do not think the penalties are high enough to think twice before attempting to pass a gun through security.
on January 10,2013 | 10:31AM
cojef wrote:
Kooks looking for notoriety or illusions of grandeur. Some are copycats, while others are idiots thinking to test the system on a dare. Go figure!
on January 10,2013 | 10:31AM
sloturle wrote:
out of the 1543 how many guns were found in the Honolulu airport?
on January 10,2013 | 10:34AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
No mention of the exploding implants that the SA had reported on a few months back...
on January 10,2013 | 01:37PM
ezridah wrote:
as Frank Delima would sing ....babbababoooz babooz babooz baboozzzzzzz !!!
on January 10,2013 | 01:47PM
allie wrote:
on January 10,2013 | 01:52PM
st1d wrote:
wonder if the charges will hold up in court. looks like the pistol is missing vital parts that qualify it as a firearm. still, a good stop for tsa.
on January 10,2013 | 06:50PM
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