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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

PHILADELPHIA - PHILADELPHIA INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
14.0%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
156
FIREARM
60
OTHER WEAPON
32
FIREARM - LONG GUN
21
KNIFE
6
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
3
EXPLOSIVE
2
INCENDIARY
1
Total weapons
281
 
 
PHOENIX - SKY HARBOR INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
25.0%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
584
STUN GUN
278
FIREARM
259
FIREARM - LONG GUN
36
OTHER WEAPON
18
EXPLOSIVE
6
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
2
INCENDIARY
1
KNIFE
1
Total weapons
1185

SALT LAKE CITY - SALT LAKE CITY INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
22.1%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
155
STUN GUN
140
OTHER WEAPON
45
FIREARM
32
FIREARM - LONG GUN
21
KNIFE
3
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
3
EXPLOSIVE
1
Total weapons
400
SAN FRANCISCO - SAN FRANCISCO INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
20.4%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
215
FIREARM
133
STUN GUN
68
OTHER WEAPON
42
FIREARM - LONG GUN
29
EXPLOSIVE
6
KNIFE
6
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
4
Total weapons
923

SEATTLE - SEATTLE TACOMA INTL ARPT
Percentage of violations that are weapons
20.4%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
423
FIREARM
253
STUN GUN
118
OTHER WEAPON
56
FIREARM - LONG GUN
47
EXPLOSIVE
12
KNIFE
8
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
4
INCENDIARY
2
Total weapons
503
ST LOUIS - LAMBERT ST LOUIS INTL
Percentage of violations that are weapons
23.6%
Type of Weapons found 1991-2000
No. of weapons
FIREARM - HAND GUN
124
FIREARM
95
STUN GUN
41
FIREARM - LONG GUN
36
OTHER WEAPON
15
TEAR GAS/CHEMICAL DE
3
KNIFE
1
Total weapons
315
 
 
 
 

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