TSA officer discovers two firearms in one day at Boise Airport security checkpoint

Local Press Release
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – An officer with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Boise Airport (BOI) discovered two firearms within one hour Thursday at the security checkpoint during routine screening of carry-on baggage.

The Transportation Security Officer (TSO) found the first firearm around 11:15 a.m. MDT in the carry-on bag of a male passenger ticketed for travel to Los Angeles International Airport. It was an unloaded Glock 9mm handgun. About an hour later, the same TSO discovered another firearm - a Charter Arms revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition - belonging to a non-flying female who was escorting a ticketed passenger through the security checkpoint.

In both cases, when the TSO saw the image of a firearm on the x-ray screen, the Boise Police Department was immediately notified and responded to the security checkpoint. Both individuals Thursday were cited on a state weapons charge. The TSO who discovered both firearms has worked for TSA since 2014.

These are the sixth and seventh firearms TSA has discovered this year in carry-on luggage at BOI. Nationwide in 2016, TSA has found more than 1,400 guns in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints. In 2015, TSA across the country detected 2,653 firearms in passenger carry-on bags. In 2015, TSA officers at BOI found 15 firearms in carry-on bags at the security checkpoint.

Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.

Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.

In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA reserves the right to levy a civil penalty of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon like a firearm to the checkpoint. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bags prior to coming to the security checkpoint. TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. For more information, view the prohibited items list.

Additional information on traveling with firearms and ammunition can be found here.