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RDU passenger stopped with 2 guns in carry-on, TSA says

Posted March 7
Updated March 8

— Officers with the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday stopped a passenger from bringing two loaded guns on board a plane at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The guns were found at a TSA precheck checkpoint, according to TSA officials. TSA officers have now taken nine firearms from passengers at RDU in 2017.

A total of 54 guns were taken in 2016.

TSA officers detected both the guns and ammunition inside the passengers carry-on luggage when it went through the X-ray machine. The officers then contacted the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department.

The passenger, who was not identified, was questioned and cited.

Officials said passengers who are caught with a gun at a checkpoint lose their precheck benefits for two years.


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  • Jeff Freuler Mar 7, 5:53 p.m.
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    Well let's see the passenger was questioned and then cited. Maybe after the questioning they found it to be an honest mistake and decided just citing the person was sufficient.

  • John Smith Mar 7, 5:33 p.m.
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    "The passenger, who was not identified, was questioned and cited". So the person was given a citation by Airport Authority. They run the law at the airport. They are the ones that will jump on you like SWAT if you cross into any section of the airport you're not supposed to be in. Pay the fine and move on...Don't do it again. The Ft. Lauderdale shooter "properly" checked his firearm and retrieved it at baggage claim. Big difference between the two people. Biggest is intent.

  • Robin Cubbon Mar 7, 5:00 p.m.
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    so it is not illegal to try to carry a loaded weapon onto an airplane? why are these gun owners not charged with a crime? is it only a crime if you plan to use the gun on the airplane? so if you just plain ole forgot you had it or just wanted to take it anyway then you lose a privilege but are not charged with a crime? i would be interesting in hearing how other gun owners would punish this person for their irresponsible act, if at all.

  • John Smith Mar 7, 3:57 p.m.
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    Judging by studies done 2013 ~41.3% of North Carolinians are registered gun owners. So approximately 5 million people. 54 goof balls out of 5 million aren't bad odds in my book.
    Once again it's only sensationalised reporting. Of those 54, how many were little old guys with pocket pea shooters who don't have internet access to read the TSA guidelines? How many confused checking firearms in checked luggage vs carry-on? Obviously they didn't think they were terrorist threat. Either way, good job TSA.

  • Tim Orr Mar 7, 2:27 p.m.
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    If they're irresponsible, that means they are not the responsible ones. Get a grip Rod. These types are the ones we ALL fuss about.

  • Rod Runner Mar 7, 1:46 p.m.
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    They lose their precheck benefits for 2 years? They should lose it forever. And possibly lose their guns or even the privilege of flying.

    These responsible gun owners we hear so much about are so irresponsible. They don't even know where their guns are 100% of the time?

    And if this guy did know where his guns were, he was trying to get them through because he had precheck and maybe assumed he'd be ok with them in carry on?