TSA Screened More Than 653 Million Passengers Last Year


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released its year-end statistics for 2014 on Friday, saying the agency charged with protecting the nation’s airports experienced a “record-breaking year.”

According to the newly released data, last year, TSA screened 653,487,270 passengers, nearly 1.8 million a day. TSA reports the 2014 total is 14,781,480 more than the previous year.

Additionally, the TSA screened more than 443 million checked bags and nearly 1.7 billion carry-on bags.

In terms of keeping weaponry off airplanes, TSA boasted Friday that it stopped 2,212 firearms from making it on planes in carry-ons—83 percent of which were loaded. The agency also reported finding “1,400 firearm components, replica firearms, stun guns, and other similar dangerous objects” in carry-ons.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had the most firearm discoveries with 120, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport followed with 109, then came Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 78, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport placed fourth with 77, and Denver International Airport came in fifth with 70.

Meanwhile, on the international side of the equation, Customs and Border Protection processed 374 million travelers at various ports of entry last year, more than 107 million of whom were international travelers at American airports.