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WEAPONS FOUND AT AIRPORTS 1991-2000 
The three airports from which the September 11 terrorist hijackers departed -- Logan in Boston, Washington Dulles and Newark International -- had some of the lowest rates for detecting weapons among the 25 U.S. airports with the largest passenger volume. Industry experts believe that rates should not vary greatly airport to airport. The detection rates are the percentage of violations that involve weapons.

The nation's top 25 airports are listed below alphabetically, broken down by the number and type of weapons security screeners detected between 1991-2000.


A - Da | De - L | M - O | P - S | T - Z

DENVER - DENVER INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
13.5%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
273
FIREARM
95
OTHER WEAPON
41
FIREARM - LONG GUN
30
STUN GUN
9
KNIFE
5
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
4
EXPLOSIVE
1
Total weapons
458
DETROIT - DETROIT METRO ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
13.3%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
139
FIREARM
123
FIREARM - LONG GUN
24
OTHER WEAPON
3
KNIFE
2
STUN GUN
2
EXPLOSIVE
1
Total weapons
294
 
 

HONOLULU - HONOLULU INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
20.8%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
160
FIREARM - HAND GUN
62
FIREARM
13
FIREARM - LONG GUN
6
EXPLOSIVE
5
STUN GUN
5
OTHER WEAPON
3
Total weapons
254
HOUSTON - HOUSTON INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
19.7%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
303
FIREARM
168
FIREARM - LONG GUN
26
STUN GUN
3
KNIFE
1
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
1
Total weapons
502
 
 

LAS VEGAS - MCCARRAN INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
28.4%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
306
FIREARM
93
STUN GUN
69
FIREARM - LONG GUN
19
KNIFE
14
OTHER WEAPON
13
Total weapons
514
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOS ANGELES - LOS ANGELES INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
23.6%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM
762
FIREARM - HAND GUN
712
OTHER WEAPON
278
STUN GUN
84
FIREARM - LONG GUN
71
KNIFE
12
EXPLOSIVE
8
INCENDIARY
2
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
2
BLUDGEON
1
Total weapons
1932

Source: Analysis of FAA Enforcement Information System database by Denise Prodigo-Herrmann.
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