TSA intercepts gun at Dayton International Airport

Local Press Release
Thursday, July 15, 2021
This handgun was detected by TSA officers in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Dayton International Airport (DAY) on July 14. (TSA photo)

DAYTON, Ohio – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a handgun from making its way onboard an airplane at Dayton International Airport (DAY) Wednesday.

During the routine screening of carry-on luggage, a TSA officer spotted the image of a handgun on the X-ray screen. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m., and TSA officials immediately alerted the Dayton Airport Police. The firearm was loaded with the safety engaged, and the passenger said he had forgotten it was in his big.

“We want to remind everyone planning to fly out of Dayton to carefully inspect your bag before you pack it and head to the airport,” Ohio TSA Federal Security Director Donald Barker said. “This simple act could save you lots of time and money, along with avoiding possible arrest with local law enforcement.”

TSA may impose civil penalties of up to $13,910 per violation per person. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100. The complete list of civil penalties is on the TSA website. If a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges for a period of time.

This is the first firearm detected at DAY this year. A total of 7 firearms were detected at DAY security checkpoints in 2019, and one last year.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the airline check-in counter. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should check for firearm laws in the jurisdictions they are flying to and from.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.