Scissors, deodorant spray and bottles of drinking water make up the bulk of items confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at U.S. airports every day. Every week, however, TSA security checks uncover scores of loaded firearms in traveller’s carry-on luggage as well. In 2013, the TSA found 1, 813 firearms in carry-on baggage. In 2014, that number stood at 2, 212.
Dallas/Fort Worth International and Hartsfield Jackson in Atlanta confiscated the most guns in 2014 with 120 and 109 respectively. Phoenix Sky Harbor International rounded off the top three with 78 while Tampa International and George Bush Intercontinental completed the top five. Americans are free to transport firearms by air as long as they are checked in locked hard-sided containers. Punishment for bringing a gun onboard an aircraft can result in arrest or a fine of up to $7, 500.
This chart shows U.S. airports by the number of confiscated guns in carry-on in 2014
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