CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Passengers bringing firearms to TSA checkpoints remains a problem with 43 stopped already in 2016, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Most of the guns were loaded.
TSA and CMPD plan to provide travelers with tips and advice Wednesday, September 21 on what is and is not permitted in carry-on bags when traveling by air.
Authorties said at this time in 2015, 25 guns had been intercepted at CLT checkpoints by TSA officers compared to the current year-to-date number of 43, a 72 percent increase.
Passengers bringing guns to the checkpoints in Charlotte will be arrested and face civil penalties from the TSA of up to $11,000.
Remember to sign up for the TSA Precheck program. More than 16,000 people have signed up in the convenient enrollment center right inside CLT. But if you bring your gun to the checkpoint, you lose those privileges.
The demonstration will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at checkpoint E at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.