Transportation

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport had third-most number of guns found by TSA in 2022

In all, Texas airports made up 20% of all guns found last year, and nearly 90% of them were loaded.

(AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
FILE – A sign warns travelers not to bring guns through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Fla., April 23, 2022. The federal agency tasked with screening passengers before they get on planes says officers this year have stopped a record number of guns brought by passengers attempting to go through airport security checkpoints.

Transportation Security Administration agents found a large amount of firearms at Texas airports in 2022.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport reported 298 and 125 firearms detected in carry-ons, respectively. Bush had the third-most finds in airports across the U.S. last year.

Both numbers were up from 2021, when 245 were found at IAH and 80 were found at Hobby.

Another Texas airport made the No. 2 spot on the list: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport found 385. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport topped the list with 448 firearm finds, the most ever recorded at any airport since the inception of TSA.

In all, Texas made up 20% of all guns found last year, and nearly 90% of them were loaded. Nationally, 6,542 firearms were found in carry-ons in 2022, which was the most in more than a decade.

All discovered firearms are turned over to local airport law enforcement agencies, and determine what happens with the firearm and traveler based on factors including whether or not the firearm was loaded, or if there was accessible ammunition.

Even if a traveler has a concealed weapons permit, firearms are not permitted in carry-on luggage.

The TSA Top 10 for 2022:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 448
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 385
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston: 298
  • Nashville International Airport: 213
  • Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix: 196
  • Orlando International Airport: 162
  • Denver International Airport: 156
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 150
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport 134
  • Tampa International Airport: 131
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