Nationally, a record 3,957 guns were discovered in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints, up 16.7 percent year-over-year. About 84 percent of the firearms were loaded.
Here's the breakdown, according to the Transportation Security Administration:
Top 10 airports for firearm discoveries, 2017
- Hartsfield-Jackson: 245
- Dallas/Fort Worth: 211
- Houston Bush Intercontinental: 142
- Denver: 118
- Phoenix Sky Harbor: 115
- Tampa International: 97
- Orlando International: 94
- Dallas Love Field: 93
- Nashville International: 89
- Seattle-Tacoma: 75
According to officials, many travelers caught with a firearm at the checkpoint say they forgot they had it in their bag.
Travelers caught with guns at the checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson could face federal charges, as well as TSA civil penalties of up to $13,066.
Some of the other types of weapons caught at checkpoints across the country are “artfully concealed,” including a brush dagger, a knife inside a stick of deodorant, a lipstick knife, a stun cane and a sword cane, according to TSA.