Chattanooga Airport sees rise in guns confiscated in 2020

Staff file photo / Long term parking at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport on May 4 was nearly empty in this view looking north. The airport saw a sharp drop in air traffic after the coronavirus outbreak.
Staff file photo / Long term parking at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport on May 4 was nearly empty in this view looking north. The airport saw a sharp drop in air traffic after the coronavirus outbreak.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport had 11 guns confiscated in 2020 as it followed the national trend of a higher rate of firearms discovered at the nation's airports.

The number of guns captured at Lovell Field last year was up from 9 in 2019 and 2018, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number was higher in Chattanooga despite passenger traffic sharply off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three airports, Nashville International Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport and Tri-Cities Airport, each saw a decrease in the number of firearms brought by passengers in carry-on luggage, according to TSA.

Chattanooga and Memphis International Airport each saw a slight increase, the agency said.

Nationwide, TSA reported that a firearm was detected for every 99,583 passengers screened. In Tennessee, the rate was one firearm discovered per every 35,104 passenger screened.

- Compiled by Mike Pare

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