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West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW) is urging passengers to follow firearm regulations at the TSA checkpoint.

Yesterday, July 5th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found the eighth firearm this year in a passenger’s carry-on bag at West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW). Airport officials remain steadfast in their commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all passengers and personnel.

Chief of Police at West Virginia International Yeager Airport, Eric Johnson, expressed deep concern about repeated firearms being discovered at the TSA checkpoint. Johnson emphasized the seriousness of the situation, stating, “The fact that we have already encountered eight firearms at the TSA checkpoint this year is extremely alarming. It is imperative that passengers understand the gravity of this issue and strictly adhere to the TSA regulations in order to ensure the safety of everyone within the airport.”

Carrying prohibited items causes delays for passengers and could lead to fines and sometimes even arrest. Penalties for bringing weapons to the airport can reach as high as $15,000, depending on the circumstances. Passengers who want to bring their firearms with them when they fly need to pack them properly in their checked luggage and declare them at their airline check-in counter to be transported in the belly of the aircraft.

Chief Johnson concluded, “We urge the public to take these regulations seriously and play their part in maintaining a safe environment at West Virginia International Yeager Airport. The security of our passengers, employees, and the general public is our utmost priority, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure their well-being.”

For more information on TSA regulations and the list of prohibited items, please visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov.