DENVER — Denver International Airport was ranked fourth in the nation for most firearms found at TSA checkpoints in 2018.
In a new report published Thursday called “TSA Year in Review: A Record Setting 2018,” Transportation Security Administration authorities said staff at DIA had found 126 firearms in carry-on bags at the airport.
DIA was ranked after Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (129 firearms found), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (219 firearms found) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (298 firearms found), which are all major airports in the United States. DIA was ranked as the No. 5 most busy U.S. airport, according to a FAA report released Monday.
Across the country, TSA found 4,239 firearms in carry-on bags, which is a new record. That averages out to about 11 a day. Of those firearms, 86.15 percent of them were loaded.
TSA can impose civil penalties up to $13,333 per violation and repeat violators will face a higher penalty.
These are the airports with the highest number of firearm discoveries in 2018:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 298 (253 loaded)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 219 (193 loaded)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: 129 (120 loaded)
- Denver International Airport: 126 (95 loaded)
- Orlando International Airport: 123 (112 loaded)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport: 117 (115 loaded)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: 96 (80 loaded)
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 93 (76 loaded)
- Dallas Love Field Airport: 89 (83 loaded)
- Nashville International Airport: 86 (80 loaded)
TSA also reported that it saw a record number of travelers in 2018 — 5.5 percent more than in 2017 — and significant security enhancements.
Ammunition and firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags, but are allowed in checked bags with special instructions. For more information on how to travel through airports with firearms, click here.