On Monday the TSA said they found a passenger with a loaded gun at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport at the security screening checkpoint.
According to the TSA a 9mm Ruger, loaded with five rounds, was detected during x-ray screening at the checkpoint. Airport Police interviewed the passenger and took away the gun.
Now law enforcement will decide whether or not to charge them with a crime. TSA can also fine the person up to $13,333 if they choose.
“This is a good opportunity to remind passengers that firearms are not allowed at airport security checkpoints,” said TSA Kansas Federal Security Director Jay Brainard.
Firearms can only be transported in a checked bag, if declared to the airline at the ticket counter and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container. Firearm parts, ammunition, and realistic replicas also are not allowed through security checkpoints, but can travel in checked bags.
This is the third firearm discovered at ICT so far this year. TSA found a record-breaking 4,239 firearms–an average of 11.6 per day–at airport security checkpoints around the country in 2018, a 7 percent increase over 2017.