Record 83 firearms found in carry-on luggage in 2021 at Las Vegas airport


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Transportation Safety Administration officers discovered 83 firearms in carry-on luggage at Harry Reid International Airport in 2021, setting a new record. All of the firearms were found during a routine X-ray examination of carry-on baggage, the TSA said.

Nationwide, TSA agents found 5,972 firearms at 268 airports in 2021. That compares to 3,257 in 2020 and 4,432 in 2019.

Travelers lined up at the TSA security checkpoint at Harry Reid International Airport. (KLAS-TV)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport tops the national list with 507 for the most firearms found. It was followed by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with 317 guns, then George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston with 245 guns.

In Las Vegas, TSA agents screened approximately 18.6 million passengers and crew in 2021, making it the fifth-busiest airport for TSA security screening.

Firearms found at Harry Reid International Airport:

  • 2021 – 83
  • 2020 – 72
  • 2019 – 81
  • 2018 – 59

According to the TSA, Las Vegas ranked 21st nationally in the number of firearms discoveries last year.

Firearms are permitted to be transported on a commercial aircraft if they are unloaded, packed in a locked hard case and placed in checked baggage. Passengers must also declare the firearm during the check-in process.

Firearms are not permitted in carry-on baggage, even if the person has a concealed weapons permit. Travelers who violate this policy may face citations and penalties.


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