The Transportation Security Administration intercepted a record number of guns from the travelling public last year, the agency announced Thursday, confiscating weapons in airports as passengers had their carry-on luggage inspected.
In 2015, the TSA collected 2,652 firearms, finding 80 percent of them (2,198) loaded, a press release from the agency said. The guns were confiscated at TSA checkpoints in 236 of the nation’s airports.
DFW, the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, topped the list with 153 weapons being seized. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was second with 144 guns confiscated.
The 2,653 guns found by TSA agents represents a 20 percent increase from 2014.
Here are the top five airports with the most firearm discoveries in 2015:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 153
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 144
- Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport: 100
- Denver International Airport: 90
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: 73
The TSA screened more than 708 million passengers as they boarded planes in 2015.
>>INTERACTIVE: Here are the Top 10 airports where the most guns were intercepted by security in 2015. Drag the map to find your state. Hover over the dots for more information.
TSA confiscated 144 guns at Atlanta airport last year-- 2nd most in country. Hear from concerned passengers at 4:45 pic.twitter.com/QZJ4fF6Wv3— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 21, 2016