TSA reminds travelers how to fly with firearms

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A spokesperson from the Transportation Security Administration gave a demonstration on how to properly pack and check a firearm at the Chattanooga Airport today.

The number of improperly checked fire arms that move through TSA checkpoints is on the rise.

Last year there were a total of 3,952 guns found through airport checkpoints nation wide.

This year there have been over 2700 just through the 10th of August.

Guns are allowed in checked baggage only and to make onto your flight, they must be unloaded, locked in a safe box and declared to your airline.

TSA spokesman Mark Howell said, “If a gun comes into security screening that doesn’t have a declaration card, we’re going to contact the airline and law enforcement. You need to declare it to your airline and let them know your flying with it.”

Penalties for bringin a gun into a TSA checkpoint can include fines of thousands of dollars, but thats not all.

Howell says its best to know the rules and stick around the ticket counter to make sure everything checks out before you fly.

He recommends to stay in the ticket area for 5 to 10 minutes so if there is an issue, TSA can reach you to fix it without bringing you back through security.

TSA doesn’t place any limits on what kinds of firearms you can carry but they will call law enforcement if the firearm looks illegal.

For a full list of rules for carrying firearms, visit the TSA website. 

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