TSA discovers loaded firearm at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

Local Press Release
Thursday, February 11, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a loaded firearm in a carry-on bag at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) this morning, February 11, at the security screening checkpoint.   

TSA found the .22 caliber Derringer Cobra, loaded with two rounds, in a passenger’s carry-on bag during x-ray screening at the checkpoint. Per standard procedure, TSA alerted local law enforcement. The Wichita Airport Police took possession of the weapon and interviewed the passenger, who was later allowed to continue.

“Last year, TSA found a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints across the nation,” said TSA spokesperson Carrie Harmon. “This is a good opportunity to remind passengers that a firearm can only be transported on an aircraft 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 first firearm discovered at ICT this year. In 2015, TSA found seven firearms at ICT. Nationwide, TSA officers found 2,653 firearms in carry-on bags at airports in 2015, which is a 20 percent increase over 2014. 

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 the average for an unloaded is $1,500. Any determination about a criminal charge is up to law enforcement. For more information, visit the prohibited items and firearms and ammunition pages at tsa.gov.