TSA: record number of firearms found in carry-on luggage at Harry Reid airport in Las Vegas in 2021 | News


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday that officers broke a record for gun discoveries at Harry Reid Airport in Las Vegas in 2021.

Agents located 83 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in 2021, according to the TSA, setting a new record for firearm discoveries at security checkpoints in Las Vegas airport.

Compared to previous years at LAS, officers located 72 firearms in carry-on bags in 2020, 81 in 2019, and 59 in 2018.

Nationwide in 2021, TSA agents located 5,972 firearms at 268 different airports, which also set a new record, according to the agency.

The TSA says the national totals for past years are as follows: 3,257 in 2020, 4,432 in 2019 and 4,239 in 2018.

According to the data, Harry Reid Airport ranked 21st nationally in the number of firearms discoveries by TSA agents in 2021.

The agency notes that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport tops the list with 507 gun finds, the most at any airport since the TSA’s inception.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport was second with 317, followed by Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport with 245; Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with 196; and Nashville International Airport with 163.

According to the statement, in 2021, the TSA screened approximately 585 million passengers and crew at airports nationwide. This figure represents a 44% increase from the 339 million screened in 2020.

At Harry Reid Airport in Las Vegas, the TSA screened approximately 18.6 million departing passengers and crew in 2021, making it the fifth-busiest airport for TSA security screening operations . By comparison, the TSA screened 10.4 million departing travelers at Las Vegas airport in 2020. The 2021 figure represents a 79% increase over 2020 passenger volume, the TSA says.

According to the TSA, in addition to potential criminal citations for bringing a firearm in carry-on luggage, travelers face civil penalties.

“Among the factors that the TSA considers when determining the amount of the civil penalty include whether the firearm was loaded and whether there was accessible ammunition,” the TSA said.

According to the agency, even if a traveler has a concealed weapons permit, firearms are not permitted in carry-on baggage.

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