Transportation Security Administration officers so far this year have discovered 18 guns among 1,400 pounds of contraband at Missouri's Kansas City International Airport. Twenty-eight guns were found at the airport in 2014.
The Federal Aviation Administration has diverted flights scheduled to land at Missouri's Lambert–St. Louis International Airport because of gunfire in the area. The restriction will remain in place until gunfire stops or the wind shifts, which would allow planes to land on a different runway.
Officials at Missouri's Springfield-Branson National Airport are reviewing procedures after a blood pressure cuff mistaken for an explosive device led to major disruptions of airport operations. The airport evacuated the checkpoint, halted flights, and called in Springfield police, the fire department, the bomb squad, Highway Patrol and the FBI.
Local politicians from New York and New Jersey turned out for a Monday news conference demanding new airspace restrictions along the Hudson River Corridor, but experts appear to disagree on the scope of the problem and how it should be addressed. Radars can't effectively track aircraft below about 500 feet, and the FAA lacks the personnel to monitor all the low-level traffic along the route. Separate flight times for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft would likely increase the burden on controllers, while banning GA aircraft entirely would force pilots far out over the water.