TSA Reports 54 Loaded Guns Seized at US Airports Last Week
The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) has reported that this past week they retrieved 65 guns at airports across the country with 54 of the firearms being loaded.
One of the more inconspicuous finds was a sidearm strapped to the prosthetic leg of a passenger at Salt Lake City International (SLA) airport.
The man in that incident was arrested and charged with violation of Utah State gun laws. The news is all the more relevant given that this is the Memorial Day three-day weekend and one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
It is estimated that over 2.3 million people will take to the skies over the United States to enjoy a weekend of fun that for many includes water-based activities and cookouts.
The TSA writes on it’s blog:
“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.” The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.”
NBC News notes that Just this month, the TSA announced that it had retrieved 25 firearms at airports with 21 of them loaded. So the most recent data points to a spike in passengers attempting to carry firearms with them on their flights.
In many cases, the TSA confiscates the weapon from the passenger but allows them to resume their travel plans. Arrest or detainment is invoked if the TSA suspects the passenger is engaged in terrorism or a violent threat of some sort.
It is legal to carry some weapons on airplanes, provided they are in checked luggage and unloaded and secured in hard-sided, locked containers.
54 Loaded Guns Seized At Airports By TSA
54 loaded guns at airports