Lots of People Bring Their Guns to Houston Airports (Surprising No One)

Categories: Texas

Bring your gun to the airport, get an extra-close TSA search.
Traveling can be stressful. You have to get there in time to get your bag checked and get through security before you even get the chance to hustle through the terminal to your gate (and it seems like your gate is always guaranteed to be farthest away when you've only got two minutes to get there and board.)

Of course, it doesn't help matters if you've forgotten to take your gun out of your boot or your shoulder holster or your carry-on. It seems like the most basic thing in the world nowadays. We know not to take full-size shampoo bottles or contact solution or pocket knives when making our way through airport security, but some people still forget to leave their guns at home, according to information collected by the Transportation Safety Administration and analyzed by the Associated Press. Go figure, a lot of those people live in -- or at least flew out from -- Houston.

The post-9/11 world has been one with a focus on airport security, but now that we're more than a decade away from its beginning, more people end up getting pulled out of the security line because they have loaded guns on them. Last year, TSA found 1,549 firearms on passengers or in their carry-on luggage. So far they've found 894 guns in the first six months of 2013. Unsurprisingly, out of the 12 airports that have the most guns confiscated every year, five of them are in Texas and both Houston airports made the list.

There were 52 guns collected from George Bush Intercontinental Airport last year and 35 guns collected at Hobby Airport. The airport boasting the largest number of collected firearms last year -- 96 -- wasn't even in Texas. Nope, that distinction belongs to Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. However, the only passengers to bring more guns to the airport -- 80, to be exact -- were trying to fly out from Dallas-Fort Worth International, giving that city the dubious distinction of most guns collected from an airport in Texas. And we'll let them have that particular honor, with no grumbling from us.

Meanwhile, George Bush Intercontinental still has one of the best airport hookup spots in the country. And Hobby has that awesome train.

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Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

I brought my carry on with me recently. The one that doubles as a work/muralist bag. I almost forgot to remove my single edged razors that I use to cut tape for airbrush masking from a tiny indiscriminate pocket. Only right before the scanner did I remember and they hit the trash as quickly as I discovered them. Mr. TSA would not have been pleased...at all.

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