Hundreds of weapons caught by TSA at Yakima airport
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Although it might be a hassle going though security at the airport when you're in a hurry, you might be surprised to find how many weapons TSA regularly stops passengers from bringing on board.
Hundreds of bags are scanned everyday going through security at the Yakima Air Terminal.
Passengers like Craig Osborne are glad. He feels it's better to be safe than sorry.
"It's better to, you know, you never know what's going to happen," said Osborne. "I mean, I'm all for being able to pack your firearm, but there is places where it should be controlled."
And Craig is bringing his firearm along with him for his hunting trip to Alaska. But, by checking it with his luggage, he's avoiding any trouble.
Nearly 200 passengers a day come through security at the Yakima airport. You'd expect to see things like wallets and cell phones come through the security checkpoint, but you might be surprised to learn how many passengers still try to bring weapons on board a plane.
TSA officials showed KIMA about 40 weapons that they've taken from passengers in just the past six weeks. Yet that's only about a third of the total number of weapons they've taken in that time period. Most passengers will check their weapon in their luggage or bring it back to their car after TSA finds it.
"I would never speculate as to why someone would bring this, but, you know, sometimes people are unfamiliar with the rules," said Lore Dankers, a TSA spokesperson.
It's why TSA agents are stressing education. In 2011, agents found 1,300 firearms nationwide. The number grew to about 1,800 last year. That can come with a fine of up to $7,500, as well as punishment from law enforcement.
In Yakima, agents have taken two loaded firearms since 2011, as well as explosives meant for military training in 2004.
Working every day to keep passengers safe while in the air.
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