Sunday, June 29, 2008

I Wonder How Many of These Were Glocks

Sometimes I have to wonder just how clueless some folks really are. How is it that people can still think that they can carry a firearm on an airplane? The ever increasing security for air travel has been front line news for years now, yet people still try to carry firearms through the security checkpoint at airports.

From the Star Telegram:

Bryon Okada

D/FW AIRPORT — In past years, during a typical month, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport screeners would catch a couple of weapons at the checkpoints.

For whatever reason, they’ve found 25 guns during carry-on screening at D/FW this year, including seven in the past four weeks.

"It’s not just a security issue — it’s a safety issue," said Andrea McCauley, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. "Some of the guns are loaded."

Just a reminder: Don’t walk up to the checkpoint armed.
Here is a hint. When you are standing in the line waiting to go through security, read the signs that are pretty much everywhere. When you see the sign that states "no guns allowed", and you see the armed security at the x-ray machines and metal detectors, maybe you put 2 plus 2 together and come to the conclusion that maybe you should check your firearm with your other luggage.

I carry at the airport. When meeting folks at the baggage claim, I am legally armed. I would think that anyone who has the ability to purchase an airline ticket should be able to understand what is or is not allowed past the security checkpoint.

Where is the disconnect here?

Oh, just because we joke about Glocks being Tupperware, don't start thinking you can sneak one through airport security.


GeorgeH said...

I think it's more a matter of becoming so comfortable carrying that it drops below the conscious level. I lost a pocket knife years ago, because having it in my pocket was just so automatic I forgot about it at an airport..
I carry a Seecamp .380 as a backup piece in the photographers vest that serves as my 'manpurse'. A number of times I have removed my primary piece and wandered into a place that sells alcohol without remembering the Seecamp. After all it's always there with the cell phone and wallet while the primary pistol varies as does it's carry location.

Anonymous said...

I dunno how anybody could do this by accident. I carried at the airport for the first time last week. Went to pickup arriving family & couldn't stay far enough away from the security checkpoint.

Remember folks, as a Texas CHL holder, you cannot carry here...

- Secure area of an airport, inside the metal detectors.

- A business receiving 51% of its income from serving alcohol.

- School premises, without permission.

- Professional sporting event.

- Premises of a paramutual race track: horse or dog racing.

- Voting place, including during early voting. Don't carry past the "No Campaigning" signs.

- Correctional facility.

- On another person's premises, after effective 30.06 notification.

John R said...

Add the definition of premises:

""Premises" means a building or a portion of a building. The term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area."

And you have a pretty good list of prohibited places.