TSA at Daytona International Airport cracking down on guns

Travelers warned to declare firearms, pack them in checked bags

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Transportation Security Administration is cracking down on guns found in carry-on luggage.

"Every gun is a concern because most of them are loaded. Last year, we stopped 3,391 passengers across the country with guns. This year, we've already exceeded the total for all of last year, and we haven't gotten into the busiest months," TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz said.

Daytona International Airport may be small, but it's busy. There has been a three percent increase in travelers since last year, but TSA agents said people are paying attention.

 "It is the lowest number in the state, with only three people so far, year to date, bringing guns to the checkpoints," Koshetz said.

That's a stark contrast from Orlando International Airport.

"Last year, passengers bringing guns to Orlando amounted to 86. That was in the top 10 in the country," Koshetz said.

If you're traveling with a gun, TSA wants travelers to:

  • Declare the gun to the airline
  • Put it in a checked bag
  • Make sure it's secured in a hard-sided, locked case
  • Unload the gun prior to packing it

If not, passengers will be fined and possibly arrested, depending on law enforcement.
TSA is also rolling out a new screening process for electronics. Any device that's larger than a cellphone needs to be taken out of bags and put into bins for screening.

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