WASHINGTON DC — More guns have been stopped at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints this year than ever before, and there are still two full months to go into 2021.
TSA officers stopped 4,495 passengers from bringing weapons aboard planes. The previous record was 4,432 firearms seized at checkpoints during all of 2019.
“The number of firearms that our TSA officers stop at airport checkpoints is alarming,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Firearms, particularly loaded firearms, pose an unacceptable risk at checkpoints. They have no place inside an aircraft’s passenger cabin and can be a costly error for passengers trying to board a plane with them.”
Passengers can follow proper firearms packaging guidelinesAt check-in, declare any checked baggage to your airline. TSA recommends that travelers familiarize themselves with the applicable laws regarding firearms at each destination before departing to ensure that they comply with all applicable laws. Traveling with ammunition and firearms may be restricted by airlines. It is worth checking with your airline before you arrive at the airport.
TSA can impose heavy fines on passengers who bring firearms to airport security checkpoints. This is based on past violations and whether the firearm was loaded.
See the complete article list of punishments.
If the weapon is not already loaded, it can be carried in checked baggage. Passengers must declare the firearm and bring it with them to the airline check-in counter. Firearms must be checked as baggage and are placed in the cargo area of the aircraft.
To learn more, visit the TSA website how to travel properly with a firearm?.