SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Salt Lake City International Airport ranks 8th in the country for the number of firearms recovered from TSA checkpoints. Agents say this is becoming a regular occurrence.
“In Salt Lake City, 92 guns were brought in carry-on baggage by travelers that were discovered by TSA agents,” TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers said. “Every time we discover a gun, we have to cease all checks, notify law enforcement, that passenger is escorted out of the security checkpoint, and everyone behind that passenger has to wait until the end. of this process. “
Those caught with a firearm in the control lines will be visited by the Salt Lake City Police and could be fined up to $ 13,000.
“We’re looking at what is really, unfortunately, a regular occurrence,” she said. “There is a good way to travel with a firearm, and that is to make sure it is in checked baggage, make sure your firearm is unloaded, it is placed in a locked hard case, all ammunition is returned in its original packaging placed in this case, whatever is in your checked baggage. There is no excuse for bringing a firearm in your carry-on baggage.
Dankers says the same goes for any realistic replica of a gun. “BB pistols, airlift pistols, anything that looks like a firearm is not allowed in carry-on baggage, and the reason is often very difficult to say if it is a replica or a real thing. “
Agents say if you have a question about what you can and can’t take on a plane, visit the TSA website or download the My TSA app.
“Based on our numbers, we expect a lot of people to travel during [the holidays], and if you are going to be one of them, it is essential that you prepare for the security checkpoint as you will have a lot of people around you.