2 Boise Airport passengers cited since Friday for loaded guns in carry-ons

Gun taken from passenger at Boise Airport Oct. 4.
Gun taken from passenger at Boise Airport Oct. 4.

A male passenger ticketed for travel to Las Vegas brought a .357 Taurus revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition to the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at the Boise Airport Tuesday morning.

A TSA officer spotted the image of the firearm on an X-ray monitor during routine screening of carry-on luggage, and immediately notified the Boise Police Department. A law enforcement officer responded, confiscated the gun and cited the passenger.

This is the second firearm in less than a week that TSA officers have intercepted at the airport’s security checkpoint. On Friday, another male passenger traveling to San Diego brought a Ruger SP 101 revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition. He was stopped and cited.

In both instances, there was no impact to airport operations.

These are the 12th and 13th firearms respectively TSA has discovered in carry-on baggage this year at the airport. In 2015, TSA officers found 14 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage.

“Passengers are 100% responsible for the contents of their carry-on and checked baggage,” said Andy Coose, TSA federal security director for Idaho. “The best piece of advice I can give is to carefully check your bags before you pack them to ensure you are aware of all the contents of your luggage prior to coming to the airport.”

Weapons — including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition — are not permitted in carry-on baggage, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. If a passenger brings a firearm to the TSA security checkpoint, the traveler can be cited by law enforcement.

TSA will also levy a civil penalty against the passenger, usually between $3,000 and $7,500. TSA evaluates each incident on a case-by-case basis.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker