TSA explains how travelers can take their firearms on flights
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
You may find this hard to believe, travelers can fly with their firearms, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. At the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Thursday Transportation Security Administration officials explained how you can take your firearms along when you fly. Never take the weapon to the check point. Officials say that happens five to six times a day around the country. In 2014, a record 2,213 firearms were confiscated up from just 660, ten years ago. The number one passenger excuse: they forgot they had firearm with them.
Mark Howell, TSA Regional spokesperson, "You need to declare your firearm to the ticket agent. Fill out the form with your contact information and travel information, then place inside the case. Once completed close up the case and make sure it's latched properly and locked to secure it."
Also make sure the gun is unloaded. The last time a gun was confiscated at the Chattanooga airport was in October of last year. A total of 8 weapons were found in carry-ons here in 2014.