TAMPA, Fla. — The Transportation Safety Administration is reminding passengers to ensure firearms are correctly packed and declared earlier than making their solution to airport safety. In line with the company, Florida airports noticed file numbers dropped at checkpoints.


What You Want To Know

  • The TSA says it continues to see a file variety of weapons dropped at safety checkpoints at Florida airports
  • Eighty-three weapons have been discovered at Tampa Worldwide Airport thus far in 2022, and 107 have been intercepted at Orlando Worldwide Airport
  • The company says it is intercepted 581 weapons throughout the state thus far this 12 months

“Every gun presents a hazard. Any incident might have tragic outcomes,” TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz stated in a information launch.

The TSA stated brokers have encountered 581 weapons thus far this 12 months at airports across the state.

TSA intercepted 14 at Tampa Worldwide Airport throughout the first 22 days of September alone. Bringing the year-to-date complete to 83. Checkpoints at Orlando Worldwide Airport noticed simply seven firearms in that very same time interval. Orlando airport’s year-to-date complete is 107.

In line with the TSA, the Tampa and Orlando airports, together with Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport, usually land within the prime 10 or 11 airports nationwide the place vacationers violate federal regulation and convey weapons to the checkpoints.

“Don’t let bringing a gun to a federal checkpoint be the rationale you can not reply ‘no’ to the query typically requested on job purposes: have you ever ever been arrested,” Koshetz is quoted within the information launch.

On prime of probably being arrested, the TSA stated passengers who violate the regulation might face a civil penalty of as a lot as $13,910.

The TSA stated weapons shouldn’t be in any carry-on objects, like a backpack, purse, or suitcase.

As a substitute, carry them in checked baggage, unloaded and in a locked hard-sided case. Then declare it to the airline at check-in.

The company additionally reminds vacationers to know gun legal guidelines on each ends of their journey. In some jurisdictions it is not authorized to move weapons, even in checked baggage.

Anybody with questions can tweet to @AskTSA or ship a message by way of Fb messenger to the company’s web page, Ask TSA. Vacationers may also name the TSA Contact Heart at 866-289-9673.