HEBRON, Ky. -- More firearms have been found in carry-on luggage at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2014 than at any airport in Ohio. There's only one airport in Kentucky where more have been recovered.
That information comes from a new post on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website . The data used in the report comes from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which actually keeps a blog that provides updates on the guns, other weapons and generally odd items it recovers at airports.
Through June, TSA agents have found nine firearms in carry-on baggage at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in 2014, according to the article by Rani Molla and Taylor Umlauf.
Indianapolis International Airport (11) and Louisville International Airport (10) are the only airports in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky to have more such incidents during that same period, according to the WSJ report.
The Port Columbus International Airport is next on the list with eight, followed by Blue Grass Airport in Lexington (3), Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (2), Akron-Canton Regional Airport (1), James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (1) and Ft. Wayne International-Baer Field Airport (1).
All those numbers are relatively low compared to some other facilities around the country.
The top spots go to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International, where TSA agents have found 46 illegally stored firearms since the start of the year. Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in the United States.
The other airports that have had at least 20 firearms recovered in 2014 are:
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International: 36
- Tampa International: 29
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport – Houston: 28
- Denver International: 26
- Dallas Love Field: 24
- San Antonio International: 22
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 21
- Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International: 21
- William P. Hobby – Houston: 21
- Kansas City International: 21
- Charlotte/Douglas International Airport: 20
- Orlando International Airport: 20
- Seattle-Tacoma International: 20
Agents have only found 10 guns at Los Angeles International (LAX), the second busiest airport in the country.
Overall, CVG comes in tied for 33rd with the likes of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and three others.
Nationwide, the TSA has found 1,025 firearms through the end of June 2014. That's a little more than half of the number from last year (1,813).
Keep in mind TSA staff screened nearly 640 million passengers last year, or more than 1.7 million per day.
It's not clear how many firearms were found at CVG in 2013.
What's also important to note is that it's not necessarily illegal to bring a gun to an airport. The TSA says a person is allowed to travel with firearms if they are unloaded, declared, and checked as baggage in locked, hard-sided containers.
If a firearm is found in a piece of carry-on luggage, though, the person carrying it will get a citation with fines of up to $7,500 or be arrested, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
WCPO reached out to officials at CVG but they were not available for comment prior to the publication of this story.