WASHINGTON D.C. — More guns have been stopped at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints this year than any before, and there are still two full months left in 2021.
TSA officers prevented 4,495 passengers flying with guns from bringing them onto their planes as of October 3. For all of 2019, the previous record was 4,432 firearms confiscated at checkpoints.
“The number of firearms that our TSA officers are stopping at airport checkpoints is alarming,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, introduce an unnecessary risk at checkpoints, have no place in the passenger cabin of an airplane, and represent a very costly mistake for the passengers who attempt to board a flight with them.”
Passengers can follow proper packing guidance for firearmsCheck your baggage in your checked luggage and declare it to the airline upon check-in. TSA recommends that travelers familiarize themselves with the applicable laws regarding firearms at each destination before they depart to ensure that firearms are transported in compliance with law. There may be additional restrictions for ammunition and firearms on flights, so it is a good idea to check with your airline before you arrive at the airport.
TSA can issue severe fines for passengers who bring firearms into airport checkpoints.
Check out the complete list of penalties.
When guns are packed in a sealed, hard-sided bag and unloaded, passengers can check them in their checked baggage. Passengers must declare the firearm and bring it with them to the airline check-in counter. Firearms must be checked in baggage and placed in the cargo hold.
For more information, visit the TSA website how to properly travel with a firearm.