PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Travel is increasing in Oregon and so are the instances of Transportation Security Administration agents finding guns in carry-on luggage, officials said.

At the Portland International Airport, travel increased in March, especially during spring break, KOIN reported.

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From March 18 through April 4, the airport had more than 545,000 travelers, which was 22% higher than expected.

Five loaded guns were found in carry-on luggage in March at PDX and one so far in April, TSA said.

Firearms can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and checked. Thirty-three firearms were found in carry-on luggage in 2020 at PDX. Twelve have been found in 2021 so far.

Any type of replica firearm also is prohibited in carry-on baggage and must be transported in checked luggage.

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