WICHITA, Kan. – The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the TSA security screening checkpoint at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) on Monday, October 12.
At approximately 9 a.m., TSA found a .380 caliber Walther PPK firearm in a passenger’s carry-on bag during x-ray screening at the security checkpoint. It was loaded with eight rounds. Per standard procedure, TSA alerted law enforcement. The Wichita Airport Police Department responded, took possession of the weapon and interviewed the passenger, who was later allowed to continue.
“Passengers are reminded that firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, cannot be carried through any TSA security checkpoint.” said TSA spokesperson Carrie Harmon. “These items are only allowed in checked bags, if declared to the airline and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container.”
This is the seventh firearm found at the Wichita airport so far this year. In 2014, TSA intercepted six firearms at ICT. Nationwide, TSA officers have found more than 2,180 firearms at airport security checkpoints so far this year.
TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint. The average penalty for a loaded firearm is $3,000, and $1,500 for an unloaded firearm.