On Monday, TSA agents at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in West Virginia apprehended a guy from Florida who they say was attempting to sneak a loaded weapon onboard a plane.
According to the TSA’s official statement, one of their agents saw the weapon in the X-ray machine at the airport security checkpoint.
After reporting the incident, the deputy swiftly permitted the man to return to his car with the weapon. According to TSA, the federal government will be fined the man for carrying his firearm into the airport.
One consistent problem we see is that individuals routinely forget they are armed. Carter Langston, the TSA’s press secretary, said that the agency would continue to stress the importance of following the proper procedures while transporting guns.
According to Langston, a punishment of up to $15,000 may be imposed for violating the regulations about transporting guns. Arrest is another possible outcome under these circumstances.
John C. Allen, the TSA’s federal security director for West Virginia, says that the ban on bringing firearms onto an airplane has been in effect for decades, long before the agency was created.
If someone approaches a checkpoint while armed, that person will be detained until law authorities can intervene. Inconveniencing other passengers is the result.
Responsible gun owners are aware of the whereabouts of their guns and recognize that taking them onboard an aircraft is illegal.
Langston stated that a study in October indicated that TSA personnel recovered more than 1,800 weapons at airport checkpoints around the country in the third quarter of 2023. They expect to break the previous record of 6,542 firearm interceptions set last year.
The Transportation Security Administration recommends that passengers inspect the contents of their carry-on bags before heading to the screening area.
Travelers can use the TSA’s numerous tools to learn whether or not a particular item must be packed in their checked luggage. The Can I Bring? section of the TSA website and the myTSA mobile app are both available to passengers.