TSA officers at Boise Airport discover 2 loaded firearms over 5-day period

Local Press Release
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – A male passenger ticketed for travel to Las Vegas brought a .357 Taurus revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint at the Boise Airport (BOI) Tuesday morning.

During routine screening of carry-on luggage, a TSA officer spotted the image of the firearm on the x-ray monitor and immediately notified the Boise Police Department (BPD). A law enforcement officer responded to the security checkpoint and confiscated the gun. The passenger was cited on the Idaho state charge of “Firearm at Checkpoint.”

This is the second firearm in less than a week that TSA officers have intercepted at the BOI security checkpoint. On Friday morning, a male passenger traveling to San Diego brought a Ruger SP 101 revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition. BPD cited this passenger on the state charge of “Firearm at Checkpoint.”

In both instances, there was no impact to airport operations. There is no indication the incidents are linked.

These are the 12th and 13th firearms respectively that TSA has discovered in carry-on baggage this year at BOI. During the 12 months of 2015, TSA officers intercepted 14 firearms at BOI.

“Passengers are 100 percent responsible for the contents of their carry-on and checked baggage,” said TSA Federal Security Director for Idaho Andy Coose. “The requirements for air travel are different than for other types of travel. The best piece of advice I can give is to carefully check your bags before you pack them to ensure you are aware of all the contents of your luggage prior to coming to the airport.”

Weapons – including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition – are not permitted in carry-on baggage, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. If a passenger brings a firearm to the TSA security checkpoint, the traveler can be cited by law enforcement on a local or state charge.

TSA will also levy a civil penalty against the passenger. The recommended civil penalty range is between $3,000 and $7,500. TSA evaluates each incident on a case-by-case basis.

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, visit the prohibited items list.