On Dec. 9, authorities recovered a loaded .38 pistol at a checkpoint in Alabama's Huntsville International Airport. During the week, the Transportation Security Administration recovered 37 guns nationwide.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Alabama's Huntsville International Airport on Tuesday found a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-in bag. Officials took the weapon and escorted the traveler out of the area.
A loaded gun was found at a security checkpoint in Alabama's Huntsville International Airport. Officers from the Transportation Security Administration and the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority Police seized the gun and escorted the passenger away from the area. The traveler was given the option to continue his travels.
Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Alabama's Mobile Regional Airport discovered a loaded gun in a passenger's carry-on bag. It was the second weapon found at the facility this year.
The Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Ala., added PreCheck lanes for expedited security screening on Thursday. "Security is of the utmost importance. Anything that would get caught in a regular lane will get caught in a PreCheck lane," said Jim McKinney, TSA spokesman.
The government shutdown stalled passenger traffic at the Huntsville International Airport in Alabama last month, causing it to fall 8.5% from the same period last year. "I don't think it's any surprise that the Huntsville community is really tied to the federal government in so many ways economically," said Huntsville International Airport Executive Director Rick Tucker. "[I]f those government employees and contractors are not flying, then that's going to have a significant impact on our operations here, and that's exactly what happened."