Cannonballs, samurai swords, chastity belts: Items found at TSA checkpoints in 2012

In Miami, TSA officers found a bag of eels. In Miami, TSA officers found a bag of eels. TSA

The Transportation Safety Administration is not merely a government agency. It is also a kind of real-time library, tracking the human folly that plays out at some of the human folly-est places there are: airports. Now, the TSA has released information from a year's worth of checkpoint-monitoring ... and the information it has presented is, unsurprisingly, folly-filled. (Among the objects confiscated from passenger luggage: cane swords, bottles of gunpowder, and "more inert grenades than you would ever imagine.") 

Here are some of the TSA's takeaways -- some of them literal -- from a year's worth of airport screenings and confiscations:

  • Passengers screened, total: 637,582,122
  • Passengers screened, per day: 1,746,800
  • Total firearms discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country: 1,543
  • Number of those firearms that were loaded 1,215 
  • Percentage of those firearms that were loaded: 78.7
  • Number of airports at which firearms were found: 199
  • Airport that had the highest number of firearms found: Atlanta (ATL)
  • Number of firearms found, total, at ATL alone: 95
  • Average number of firearms found per week at ATL alone: 1.8

Read more at The Atlantic.

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