Last year, about 300 weapons were found at TSA checkpoints at the George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport.
HOUSTON — The Transportation Security Administration has released data showing how many in 2022, firearms were found at their airport security checkpoints and Houston was first on the list.
Nationwide, 6,542 firearms were found in hand luggage in 2022, compared to 5,972 found in 2021 and 3,257 found in pandemic-affected 2020.
The TSA already knew it was going to be a record year before 2022 was even over. By December 16, the agency had already confiscated 6,301 firearms from passengers or in their hand luggage, breaking a 2021 record. Over the past 15 days of the year, 241 more guns were found among the luggage of vacationers.
The agency reported that 88% of the confiscated weapons were loaded.
Top 10 airports with guns caught by TSA at checkpoints in 2022
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportATL): 448
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 385
- Houston Intercontinental Airport George BushIAH): 298
- Nashville International AirportBNA): 213
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHX): 196
All these cannons can cost travelers dearly. In December, the TSA raised fines for carrying guns through airport security due to an increase through 2022.
Previously, an unloaded weapon carried a $1,500 to $2,475 fine and criminal charges, while a loaded weapon found at airport security could result in a $3,000 to $10,000 fine.
For the 241 guns found in the last two weeks of the year, the maximum fine for a loaded gun could be up to $14,950. According to the agency’s website, repeat offenders can face even greater fines.
“Travellers who bring firearms into the checkpoint are subject to criminal prosecution by law enforcement and civil sanctions by the TSA. Even if the traveler has a gun permit, firearms are not allowed on the plane. However, travelers with proper firearm permits can legally travel with their firearms in registered bags if they follow a few simple rules,” the TSA said in a statement.
Click here for information on how to properly travel with firearms and ammunition.
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