TSA to Salt Lake passengers: Take your gun out of your carry-on bag

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SALT LAKE CITY — Transportation Safety Administration officials have a reminder for travelers headed to the Salt Lake City International Airport: Take your gun out of your carry-on bag prior to you get there.

More than the previous seven days, TSA screeners have found a total of seven firearms in carry-on luggage, according to a ready statement from the TSA. Spokeswoman Lorie Dankers mentioned seven consecutive days is a new record for Salt Lake, and it is regarding.

The incidents, according to the TSA, incorporated:

  • Wednesday, about 7:40 a.m., an X-ray machine detected a loaded 9mm handgun with an added magazine and 15 rounds of ammunition in the bag of a male passenger headed to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
  • Tuesday, 7:55 a.m., an unloaded .22 caliber handgun was discovered in the bag of a man traveling to John F. Kennedy International Airport. There had been also 97 rounds of .22 ammunition in the man’s bag.
  • Monday, 7:50 a.m., a .380 caliber Ruger with six rounds of ammunition was discovered in the bag of a lady headed to the San Diego International Airport.
  • Sunday, a lady headed to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was discovered with a loaded .22 caliber gun and 5-rounds of ammunition in her carry-on luggage.
    Saturday, five:15 a.m., a loaded 9mm handgun with 17 rounds of ammunition was discovered in a carry-on bag of a man traveling to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Friday, two:30 p.m., a loaded .380 firearm with 5 rounds of ammunition was discovered in the bag of a man traveling to the San Diego International Airport.
    Oct. three, 7:15 p.m., a 9mm handgun was discovered in the luggage of a man traveling to Oakland International Airport.

“In each and every instance, these firearms had been found by TSA officers through the routine screening of carry-on house at the TSA safety checkpoint. As soon as the image of the firearm appeared on the X-ray screen, TSA notified the Salt Lake City Police Airport Bureau,” according to the TSA statement.

“This string of firearm discoveries should really serve as a reminder to all travelers — specifically gun owners — to double-verify their belongings prior to they come to the airport to catch a flight to guarantee there is nothing at all hazardous or prohibited in their carry-on luggage,” TSA Federal Safety Director for Utah Mark Lewis mentioned in a ready statement. “There is no excuse for bringing a firearm to the safety checkpoint when there is an established and accepted process for packing a firearm for travel in checked luggage.”

Fines for bringing a firearm to the airport can variety from $two,50 to more than $10,000, the TSA stated.

Firearms and ammunition can be transported by flying, according to the TSA, but never ever in carry-on bags. Facts on the industrial air transportation of firearms can be discovered on the TSA’s web-site.

A total 65 firearms have been seized in 2019 at the Salt Lake City International Airport as of Wednesday. In 2018, 73 firearms had been seized from carry-on luggage for the whole year, according to the TSA.

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