Transportation Security Administration

Number of guns seized up sharply at BWI, airports nationwide

Number of guns seized up sharply at BWI, airports nationwide

The number of guns seized at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is climbing sharply, authorities say, mirroring a years-long increase at airports throughout the region and across the country.

Seizures at BWI rose 50 percent in 2016, and are on pace to climb another 33 percent this year. Nationwide, they increased last year by nearly 28 percent.

Officials with the federal Transportation Security Administration, which staffs the security screening areas at BWI and other airports, say they don't know why seizures are rising.

"It's a trend that's very concerning," TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. "It's a trend we'd like to see go in the opposite...