BOISE, Idaho - Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered a loaded firearm in the carry-on baggage of a passenger departing Boise Airport (BOI) Wednesday morning.
The firearm was a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition. A TSA officer discovered it at 5:10 a.m. in the bag of a female passenger ticketed for travel to Phoenix International Airport. Upon seeing the image of the firearm on the X-ray screen, TSA notified the Boise Police Department, which responded to the security checkpoint.
This is the 20th firearm this year that TSA officers have discovered in the carry-on bag of a passenger departing BOI. It is the second firearm discovered this month. On August 10, a TSA officer discovered a loaded Springfield Arms XDS in the carry-on of a male passenger ticketed for travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In all of 2016, TSA officers at BOI discovered 18 guns in carry-on baggage.
So far in 2017, TSA officers nationwide have discovered more than 2,300 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags. During all of 2016, TSA officers found 3,391 firearms at security checkpoints across the country.
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 bag 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, visit the Travel page on tsa.gov or use TSA's app - myTSA. In addition, TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm.