Incident Summary:

03/20/2015: An assailant attacked a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner area, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The assailant was killed and two TSA agents were wounded in the incident. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to an individual, identified as Richard White.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


New Orleans

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Kenner area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Specific Description Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Checkpoint
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
Six Molotov cocktails, a machete, and insecticide were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the assailant may have suffered from a mental illness.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Assailant Shot at New Orleans Airport Had Fire Bombs, Officials Say," New York Times, March 21, 2015.
"Man shot and killed after attacking TSA agents with machete, bug spray," UPI, March 22, 2015.
"Airport Attacker Had 6 Molotov Cocktails, Officials Say,", March 21, 2015.