In One Chart: As the U.S. bans electronics on flights from certain countries, more Americans are trying to travel with firearms

The Department of Homeland Security banned passengers from carrying most electronics larger than a smartphone on flights arriving from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, citing “evaluated intelligence.” Travelers on U.S. flights, however, might want to be extra careful when flying from American airports this year. What’s more, 83% of those firearms were loaded.

A record number of guns — 3,391 — were discovered in passengers’ carry-on bags at American airports in 2016, up 28% from the year before, and a jump from just 821 in 2006. For 2016, that’s an average of nine firearms per day, according to a report recently published on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) blog.

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