TSA Gun Seizures

Dallas airports are plagued by fools who forget they are packing heat

Dallas airports are plagued by fools who forget they are packing heat

Firearms confiscated by TSA
The TSA's blog features photos of many confiscated weapons, including these firearms from Hobby (top) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Photo via TSA blog

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports that 2014 was a record year for firearm confiscation, and five of the top 12 offending airports are in Texas. In fact, DFW International Airport ranks No. 1 for most gun seizures.

George Bush Intercontinental came in at No. 4, followed by Houston Hobby at No. 6. Dallas Love Field took the No. 11 spot, followed by Austin-Bergstrom International at No. 12. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ranked No. 2 in the country during 2014, although it garnered the No. 1 spot for 2013.

By the end of 2014, TSA officials had detected 2,164 firearms over the past year, a record figure indicating a more than 15 percent increase from the number of guns it found in 2013. Of the firearms detected, at least 70 percent were loaded and some even contained a round in the chamber, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told the Washington Times.

If you’re feeling curious the TSA blog features weekly roundups of the weapons — ranging from firearms and knives to stun guns and hand grenades — confiscated from airports around the nation. Between December 26, 2014, and January 1, 2015, three guns were confiscated from DFW passengers, the blog reports.

Individuals caught with firearms may face arrest, hefty fines or both. A TSA spokesman told Houston’s KHOU Channel 11 just because security agents find firearms or ammunition, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that those passengers had bad intentions, adding that most people found with firearms simply forgot they were carrying them.