Orlando International Airport ranks in nation's top 5 for TSA gun seizures


  • Photo via Orlando International Airport Facebook
A good rule of thumb: Don't bring your gun to the airport.

Tell that to some of the folks passing through Orlando International Airport, which, in 2018, ranked No. 5 for having the most firearm discoveries out of the 249 airports across the nation. In fact, according to Transportation Security Administration officials, a total of 123 guns were found at the airport – a 29-gun increase from the previous year.

That's out of the almost 814 million passengers and crew members who passed through TSA screening last year, about two million travelers a day, representing a 5.5 percent increase from 2017, according to TSA. It also represented a 7 percent firearm detection increase from the previous year.

Overall, 4,239 firearms – a record amount – were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the U.S., 3,656 of which were loaded.

The top 10:
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 298 found; 253 loaded.
2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 219 found; 193 loaded.
3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aiport (PHX): 129 found; 120 loaded.
4. Denver International Airport (DEN): 126 found; 95 loaded.
5. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 123 found; 112 loaded.
6. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 117 found; 115 loaded.
7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 96 found; 80 loaded.
8. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): 93 found; 76 loaded.
9. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): 89 found; 83 loaded.
10. Nashville International Airport (BNA): 86 found; 80 loaded.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.