Posted: Feb 1, 2021 / 11:35 PM EST
Updated: February 1, 2021 / 11:35 PM EST
(Photos from TSA)
INDIANAPOLIS – The Transportation Security Administration reports that officials at Indianapolis International Airport stopped two loaded handguns in separate, unrelated incidents last week.
TSA officers discovered the first weapon in the checkpoint x-ray machine at around 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 27. Just before 3 p.m. that same day, TSA officials found another weapon at the same checkpoint and on the same lane. According to the TSA, the Indiana Airport Authority police were alerted in both incidents, responded to the checkpoint and the weapons were confiscated.
According to the TSA, both men involved – one from Upland and the other from Fishers – face “tough civil sanctions” if they bring their firearms to a security checkpoint at the airport
The government says the two guns are the third and fourth firearms TSA officials discovered at Indianapolis International Airport in 2021.
“Individuals who wish to fly with their firearms can do so as long as they follow the rules for transporting their firearm,” said Aaron Batt, TSA director of safety for Indiana, in a press release. “The first thing you should do if you plan to travel with your gun is to make sure it’s unloaded. Then pack it in a hard case and lock the case. When you arrive at the airport, take the suitcase to the airline’s check-in counter and explain that you want to fly with it. The airline will ensure that it is kept securely in the lower abdomen of the aircraft so that no one can access it during the flight. “
Although a person may have a concealed carry permit, it is not possible for a firearm to be carried on an airplane.
TSA says if someone shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint trail will stall until police fix the incident, which can prevent travelers from getting to their gates.
The government reserves the right to impose a civil penalty on travelers carrying a loaded pistol at a checkpoint, with the first offense ranging from $ 4,100 to $ 13,669, depending on the aggravating circumstances. Click here for a full list of civil penalties.
Refer to the TSA website for information on how to properly travel with a firearm. TSA also recommends travelers to check with their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.
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