Record number of guns found in US airport searches

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Driver’s licenses from 4 states could soon be useless at the airport.

Millions of Americans may soon need a second form of ID to get through airport security. (Reuters) – U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But enforcement of the new regulations wasn’t announced until 2013 – and part of the final phase of enforcement includes how people access commercial aircraft. Early in June, a report revealed that undercover agents managed to smuggle firearms and mock explosives through 95 percent of the American airport checkpoints.

In July, new TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a congressional panel that his top priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints. And while the exact timeline of enforcement is still unclear, the DHS does say this: “DHS will ensure the public has ample advance notice before identification requirements for boarding aircraft change. That notice will include information on the process for individuals with a non-compliant driver’s license or identification card to be able to travel by aircraft.” Only about half of U.S. states and territories affected by the new rules are currently REAL ID compliant – meaning residents with IDs from those states won’t be affected. House of Representatives hearing after a Department of Homeland Security report that found TSA airport screeners did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70 tests at dozens of airport checkpoints.

And most states that aren’t yet compliant with the new standards have extensions in place that will allow their residents to continue using their current non-compliant IDs. TSA said its agents stopped a man Thursday at a Greater Rochester International Airport checkpoint in New York when they detected a gun in his carry-on bag. Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are banned from carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, and declared to the airline.

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