The numbers seem a bit boggling: despite the fact that firearms, ammunition, firearm parts, and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage, an increasing number of passengers continue to show up at airport checkpoints with these items.
In fact, according to the Transportation Security Administration, at the end of the day on November 4, 1,855 firearms had been found at airport checkpoints. 1,471 (79 percent) were loaded.
That number exceeded the 2013 total – 1,813 – by 42. And it’s just November.
As of COB yesterday, 1,855 firearms discovered @TSA checkpoints in ’14. Top airports: 104 @ DFW; 90 @ ATL; 66 @ PHX; 62 @ IAH; 61 @ DEN.
— Ross Feinstein (@TSAmedia_RossF) November 5, 2014
Here are the airports where the most firearms have been found in carry-on bags: Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) – 104 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) – 90 Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) – 66 Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) – 62 Denver International (DEN) – 61 .
Of course, this hasn’t stopped people from bringing guns to the airport in their carry-on bags…