Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, such items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process, said Vera Adams, federal security director for Utah.
"The issue (is) that anytime you have any munitions or ordinances in checked baggage, it can cause a lot of operations to shut down," she
noted that firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.
noted that in addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA
reserves the right to levy a civil penalty against the passenger of up to $7,500 for bringing a dangerous weapon such as a firearm to the checkpoint.
said to preclude any issues and to enhance air travel safety, passengers should do their part to avoid traveling with dangerous items.
"Make sure you check your luggage ... and it's clear of any firearms or ammo," Adams
"Leave your firearms at home."