Officers with the Transportation Security Administration at the Boise Airport say they found two loaded handguns in the carry-on luggage of passengers at the security checkpoint – in the past four days.
“The first firearm was a .45 caliber Para-Ordnance .45 pistol loaded with thirteen rounds of ammunition. A TSA officer discovered it Monday around 3 p.m. in the carry-on bag of a man heading to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,” said TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers. “The second firearm was a Glock 42 .380 caliber pistol loaded with seven rounds of ammunition. It was discovered today (Thursday) around 9:45 a.m. in the carry-on of a woman ticketed for travel to the Denver International Airport.”
In both case, when a TSA officer saw the image of the firearm on the x-ray screen, the Boise Police Department was notified.
“These are the 21st and 22nd firearms this year that TSA officers have discovered in the carry-on bags of passengers departing Boise. In all of 2016, TSA officers at the Boise Airport discovered eighteen guns in carry-on baggage,” Dankers said.
So far in 2017, TSA officers nationwide have discovered more than 2,600 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags and more than 220 different airports. During all of 2016, TSA officers found 3,391 firearms at security checkpoints across the country.
Authorities remind travelers that firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon – such as a gun -- to the checkpoint. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.