(CNN) - The Transportation Security Administration says it seized a record high number of guns at airport checkpoints across the U.S. in 2019.
TSA officers found 4,432 guns in carry-on bags or on passengers. The guns represent a 5% increase from 2018. Eighty-seven percent of the guns were loaded.
In a press release, TSA administrator, David Pekoske, said that the increase is troubling and guns should be unloaded.
Guns should be packed in a hard-sided locked case and taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared and checked.
The top five airports TSA officers found guns at in 2019 were Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Denver International, George Bush Intercontinental and Phoenix Sky Harbor International.