How did airport shooter have gun? TSA rules for weapons

This fatal flaw of United States airport security was exposed when a gunman opened fire today in a baggage claim area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida, killing at least five people and wounding at least eight, according to local officials.

Since 9/11, airport security has seen a huge increase, but Friday, terror broke out in a Florida airport. Senior officials confirm that the suspected shooter, identified by authorities as Esteban Santiago, flew into the airport today from Anchorage via Minneapolis.

But flying with a gun, gun parts, or ammunition in checked luggage is allowed, according to TSA rules. According to the Transportation Security Administration, anyone who can legally possess a gun can.

The same rule applies for ammunition - which also has to be placed in your checked baggage.

Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only.

The TSA also points out locked cases can not be easily opened and "only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock".

The firearm must be unloaded, per TSA regulations, and the owner must sign a "Firearms Unloaded" declaration, the airline says. However, many travelers appear to misunderstand the rules when it comes to stowing firearms in carry-ons.

"during the security checkpoint screening process", said Cliff Van Leuven, TSA federal security director for Minnesota.

Members of law enforcement who wish to travel with firearms or ammunition are asked to follow a different protocol.

  • Leroy Wright