WASHINGTON - Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport made a new Top 10 list, but it’s a list no airport wishes to be included on.
Transportation Security Administration officers detected twice as many firearms per million passengers screened at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019, and at a significantly higher rate than any other year since the agency’s inception. Throughout 2020, TSA caught approximately 10 firearms per million passengers screened as compared to about 5 firearms per million passengers screened in 2019.
TSA officers discovered a total of 3,257 firearms on passengers or in their carry-on bags at checkpoints, although total passengers screened in 2020 fell by 500 million versus 2019 due to the pandemic. Of those firearms caught in 2020, about 83 percent were loaded. In 2019, TSA officers stopped a record 4,432 firearms, of which 87 percent were loaded.
Passengers with firearms at checkpoints were stopped at 234 airports nationwide. The top ten airports where TSA officers detected guns at checkpoints in 2020 were:
1) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
2) Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
3) Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
4) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
5) Denver International Airport (DEN)
6)Nashville International Airport (BNA)
7) Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
8) Orlando International Airport (MCO)
9) Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
10) Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)