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Guns at Airports Cost Travelers $1.4 Million

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Travelers faced more than $1.4 million in civil penalties for illegally carrying guns into U.S. airports last year. (Paweł Szpytma/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 22 October 2018 12:38 PM

Guns illegally carried at U.S. airports last year cost travelers roughly $1.45 million in civil penalties, The Washington Post reported this week.

The Transportation Security Administration filed more than 4,000 actions against gun-carrying travelers who violated firearms regulations at airports last year.

The TSA states that only unloaded firearms locked in a hard-sided case may be transported on a plane, in checked baggage only.

Various other regulations govern the intricacies of how firearms and accompanying ammunition may be transported in checked luggage but, according to the report, some passengers forwent these rules completely.

About 96 percent of claims arose from guns being detected in carry-on bags as travelers went through security screenings.

Roughly 954 of the civil claims arose from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International; Dallas-Fort Worth International; George Bush Intercontinental in Houston; Phoenix Sky Harbor International; Denver International; and Dallas Love Field, The Washington Post said.

The report highlights the TSA's concern of gun safety and how firearms are transported during air travel.

The TSA has noted a growing trend of firearms illegally being carried by travelers at airports.

The agency revealed that a record breaking 104 firearms were detected in carry-on bags around the nation during the course of the week leading up to the Parkland shooting.

Of those firearms, 87 were loaded and 38 had a round chambered.

Civil penalties of up to $13,066 per violation per person may be imposed by the TSA and this may rise upon repeated violations.

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