NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Transportation Security Administration officers at Nashville International Airport discovered 25 guns at security checkpoints in July, the highest monthly total on record for the airport.
While firearms can be carried in checked baggage, provided they are declared to the airline, in an appropriate carrying case, and unloaded, they are prohibited in carry-on baggage.
Safety is the TSA’s number one concern and having these items in bags that travel with people on the plane is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken for an intentional attempt to bring a prohibited item onto an airplane.
“Since the implementation of the new gun laws in the state, we have seen a significant increase in the number of firearms brought to Tennessee security checkpoints,” said Steve Wood, director of TSA Federal Security for Tennessee, in a press release. “Passengers should remember that they are responsible for the contents of the bags and our advice is that they carefully inspect all personal effects to ensure that there are no illegal or prohibited items before coming to the airport. “
TSA officers at BNA security checkpoints detected 85 firearms in the first seven months of 2021. A total of 94 were found there during the entire 2020 calendar year.
The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at a checkpoint at Nashville International Airport on Monday morning, TSA said in a press release.
In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from the TSA. Click for information on the correct way to travel with a gun.
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