In 2022, At Least 92 People in Ohio Didn't Know That It's Illegal to Bring a Gun on a Plane

That's how many guns were confiscated by TSA agents in Ohio in carry-on luggage last year.

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click to enlarge Bringing a gun onto a plane can come with fines as high as $250,000 and up to a decade in prison. - Photo: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi, Pexels
Photo: Oleksandr Pidvalnyi, Pexels
Bringing a gun onto a plane can come with fines as high as $250,000 and up to a decade in prison.

Ninety-two people tried to bring a gun onto a plane on flights departing from Ohio last year, according to the TSA.

Thirty-five of those were at Hopkins, another 40 at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, just two at Akron-Canton, 13 at Dayton International Airport and two at the Rickenbacker International Airport.

click to enlarge Yes, it is definitely illegal to bring a gun on a plane. - Photo: Via TSA
Photo: Via TSA
Yes, it is definitely illegal to bring a gun on a plane.

These were people packing heat as a carry-on, which, if you didn't know, is definitely illegal.

Passengers can check unloaded and locked guns so long as they are in a hard-sided container, according to the TSA's website. Individuals caught trying to carry on guns could receive a several-thousand-dollar fine, as well as a criminal referral to local law enforcement, according to California-based attorney William Kroger's website.

Those 92 people caught with guns at a Lambert's TSA checkpoint ought to consider themselves lucky. If they would have gotten the gun onto the plane and then been caught with it, they would be looking at a fine as high as $250,000 and up to a decade in prison.

This assumes they weren't trying to use the gun to commit a hijacking or an act of terrorism, in which case they could face charges for, well, hijacking or terrorism.

TSA found 448 guns at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in 2022 — the most in the nation, followed by two airports in (no surprise) Texas: Dallas Fort Worth International (385) and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (298).

Also in bringing-guns-onto-planes news, last week someone tried to bring a rocket launcher onto a flight in San Antonio.

This story was originally published by CityBeat's sister publication, Cleveland Scene, with reporting by Ryan Krull.

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