In 2012, 75 People Unsuccessfully Tried to Bring Guns on Planes at DFW

Seventy-five people attempted to bring guns onto planes at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport this year, the second-most of any airport in the United States, the New York Times reports.

Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta topped the list, with 100 incidents. It’s also the busiest airport in the world, servicing 44.4 million customers each year; DFW flies about 27.5 million.

“It does concern us that this number is rising,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told the Times. “But we will not speculate on the causes.”

A record-setting 1,500 firearms were detected by security screeners in 2012, according to the TSA. That number is up from about 1,300 in 2011. Nearly 85 percent of the weapons were loaded.


  • Everlasting Phelps

    “Tried”? I would wager that the vast majority (if not all) were just CHL carriers who forgot their handgun in a bag.

    75 out of 27.5 million. 0.0002% of travelers.

    Un. Im. Pressed.

  • critic

    And likely more than 75 guns made it thru the TSA screenings also. Nobody knows the undetected number

  • Rob

    Bradford, don’t put away the gun lotion and Kleenex just yet. Sheila Jackson Lee’s been reading your stuff and likes it:

    “HR 65. In a move that seems pointed toward combating youth street violence, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) proposed this bill that would make it illegal to own a handgun before the age of 21. Some states have such laws in place, but Jackson Lee’s measure would make the law national.”

  • Peter Kurilecz

    and how many people sought to bring on knives? or other types of potential weapons. as phelps pointed out the majority of the incidents involve people who forgot that they had their firearm in the bag
    you’re getting almost as bad as Eric over at UP for posting articles based on irrelevant data

    • BradfordPearson

      Peter- If the story I cited had included knife stats I, too, would’ve included them. Alas. And how is *this* data irrelevant?

    • Lee Chevalier

      Peter, the root report actually had some quantification of knives, unauthorized liquids, etc. Not sure why this abridged article didn’t have that. I just don’t buy the forgetfulness excuse, who keeps their gun in a suitcase?

  • SybilsBeaver

    Hate to say it, but if a CHL holder cant be responsible enough to remember to remove their gun from their bag/suitcase/person before attempting to enter the secure side of an airport, maybe they shouldnt have a CHL

  • Harvey Lacey

    This is another reason I believe we should abolish conceal and carry and implement open carry. I personally would love to know who all is packing around me.

    We make vehicles carrying hazardous waste carry signs warning everyone. Open carry reveals what kinds of folks need to carry.

    Yeah, I know. They feel more secure. What about us?