Never mind that it’s illegal – passengers continue to bring firearms in their carry-on luggage as they come through airport security checkpoints, and most of them are loaded.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a press release on their website Tuesday with a summary of firearms discovered in the past week, and announced that the number of firearms in carry-on bags last week just reached a record high for a one-week period.
From the TSA press release:
TSA discovered a record breaking 104 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from February 5th through the 11th. The previous record of 96 firearms was set in July of 2017. Of the 104 firearms discovered, 87 were loaded and 38 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,066 per violation per person for prohibited items violations and violations of other TSA regulations. Repeat violations will result in higher penalties. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
Two one-pound canisters of gun powder were discovered in a checked bag at Anchorage (ANC). Gun powder is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags for obvious reasons.
We don’t know if replica or inert items are live until our explosives professionals take a closer look and eventually open the bag. That takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Real, inert, or anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.