TSA finds two loaded firearms at Boise Airport security checkpoint over four-day period
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Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Boise Airport have discovered two loaded firearms in less than a week at the security checkpoint during routine screening of carry-on baggage.
On Thursday around 2:00 p.m. TSA officers found a Sig Sauer P220 .45 caliber firearm loaded with six rounds of ammunition in the bag of a male passenger ticketed for travel to San Francisco.
The Boise Police Department cited the passenger on a state charge of "Weapons Aboard an Aircraft."
On Sunday around 8:00 a.m. TSA officers discovered a .25 caliber Beretta 950 Jetfire pistol loaded with eight rounds in the bag of a male passenger flying to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The passenger was cited by the Boise Police Department for "Possession of a Firearm at Security Checkpoint."
The guns are the fifth and sixth firearms discovered by TSA officers at BOI since January 1, 2013.
Nationwide, more than 1,150 firearms have been detected in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints during the same time period.
Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
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 will levy a civil penalty against a passenger who brings a firearm to the security checkpoint.
The recommended civil penalty ranges from $3,000 to $7,500 and each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The TSA is asking passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint. Multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. For more information, passengers can visit www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items or use TSA's mobile app called 'myTSA'.