TSA - Transportation Security Administration

01/27/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/27/2023 14:32

TSA intercepts gun at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Local Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2023
This handgun was detected by TSA officers in a passenger's carry-on bag at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) on Jan. 26. (TSA photo)

DETROIT - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a handgun from making its way onboard an airplane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) Thursday.

After a TSA officer spotted the image of a handgun on the X-ray screen during the routine screening of carry-on luggage, TSA officials immediately alerted the Wayne County Airport Police. The firearm was loaded. Airport police responded and cited the traveler.

"Our TSA officers continue to do an outstanding job detecting these weapons, but any time dangerous items are presented in the checkpoint, we have serious safety concerns for all in the area, and the resolution disrupts the screening process for the passengers waiting behind the offender," said Michigan TSA Federal Security Director Steve Lorincz. "Individuals who own firearms should familiarize themselves with regulations regarding where their weapons can and cannot be carried."

This is the seventh firearm detected at DTW so far this year. Last year, 100 firearms were detected at DTW security checkpoints, and 94 were stopped in 2021.

Last month TSA announced that the penalty for bringing weapons to the airport increased and can reach as high as $14,950, depending on the circumstances. TSA determines the penalty amount for a violation based on the circumstances in each case. TSA will continue to revoke TSA PreCheck® eligibility for at least five years for passengers caught with a firearm in their possession.

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.