FILE – Passengers at O’Hare Worldwide Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoint.

With 581 weapons having been intercepted at Florida airports in 2022, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is warning passengers within the state of how the “harmful pattern” can lead to dire penalties. 

TSA mentioned Thursday that just about each single a type of weapons was loaded and most had ammunition chambered. 

“Every gun presents a hazard. Any incident may have tragic outcomes,” mentioned TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz. “This ominous pattern continues throughout the nation. Each passenger ought to know precisely the place their gun is earlier than they enter the airport and be sure that it’s not in a backpack, purse, suitcase or any carry-on that you just plan to convey into the safety checkpoint.”

Are you able to convey a gun to the airport?

In response to TSA, weapons should not allowed in carry-on baggage and all firearms have to be in checked baggage, in addition to declared to the airline at check-in. All weapons have to be unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided case.

What are the penalties for bringing a gun via a TSA checkpoint?

Passengers can face a civil penalty from the TSA reaching as a lot as $13,910 no matter whether or not the particular person is arrested. 

Those that are within the TSA PreCheck program may also lose their privileges for a time frame, and even completely. 

This is what number of weapons have been intercepted at Florida airports in 2022

  • Orlando Worldwide Airport – 107
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport – 104 
  • Tampa Worldwide Airport – 83
  • Miami Worldwide Airport – 67
  • Jacksonville Worldwide Airport – 47

Different Florida airports the place weapons have been intercepted embrace Daytona Seashore Worldwide, Southwest Florida Worldwide, Palm Seashore Worldwide, Destin-Fort Walton Seashore Airport, Pensacola Worldwide, Tallahassee Worldwide, Gainesville Regional Airport, and Punta Gorda Airport.