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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

ATLANTA - HARTSFIELD INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
20.1%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
324
FIREARM
127
OTHER WEAPON
19
STUN GUN
16
FIREARM - LONG GUN
7
BLUDGEON
2
EXPLOSIVE
2
INCENDIARY
1
KNIFE
1
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL
1
Total weapons
500
BOSTON - LOGAN INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
5.7%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
60
FIREARM
47
FIREARM - LONG GUN
2
OTHER WEAPON
2
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL
1
Total weapons
112
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CHARLOTTE - CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
19.9%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
151
FIREARM
62
STUN GUN
10
FIREARM - LONG GUN
3
EXPLOSIVE
2
OTHER WEAPON
2
Total weapons
230
 
 
CHICAGO - O'HARE INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
10.9%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
141
FIREARM
69
OTHER WEAPON
5
FIREARM - LONG GUN
3
KNIFE
3
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL
2
BLUDGEON
1
Total weapons
224

CINCINNATI - CINCINNATI NO KENTUCKY INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
14.5%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
36
FIREARM
17
KNIFE
5
FIREARM - LONG GUN
3
OTHER WEAPON
2
Total weapons
63
 
 
 
 
DALLAS - DALLAS FT WORTH INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
15.9%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
600
FIREARM
268
FIREARM - LONG GUN
58
KNIFE
8
OTHER WEAPON
2
BLUDGEON
1
EXPLOSIVE
1
Total weapons
938

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