68 guns stopped at Indianapolis airport in 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents caught nearly 70 handguns at the Indianapolis International Airport in 2022.

TSA announced its officers stopped 68 handguns at security checkpoints at the Indianapolis airport last year, a decrease from the 74 handguns found in 2021.

The federal agency shared 2022 numbers for all of Indiana’s major airports.

Airport 2022 2021
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) 68 74
Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) 10 6
Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) 8 12
South Bend International Airport (SBN) 11 5
TSA agents detect handgun in passenger’s carry-on bag at Indianapolis International Airport. (TSA)

TSA officers stopped 6,542 firearms nationwide among 262 airports. That’s an increase from the 5,972 firearms caught last year. According to TSA, 88% of the guns were loaded.

The penalty for bringing a weapon to the airport is as high as $14,950. Passengers caught with firearms also get their TSA PreCheck® eligibility revoked for at least five years.

“Bringing a firearm to the checkpoint is an expensive, dangerous mistake that far too many people are making,” Indiana TSA Federal Security Director Aaron Batt said. “Our TSA officers are doing a fantastic job preventing weapons from making their way onboard aircraft, but the responsibility falls to passengers to pack smart and keep prohibited items out of their baggage.”

You can pack a weapon in checked baggage as long as it is in a locked case separate from ammunition and declared when checking in.

For more details on TSA’s firearm rules, you can go to its website.

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Air New Zealand halts flights again at Auckland Airport due to ‘strong gusts’

Air New Zealand has been forced to halt flights at Auckland Airport shortly after they restarted, as challenging weather conditions from Cyclone Gabrielle continue.

Domestic and international jet operations resumed from mid-morning after most flights were cancelled on Monday.

However, shortly after 1pm Air New Zealand issued a statement saying they had temporarily paused flights due to strong gusts at Auckland Airport.

Jetstar cancelled two return services on Tuesday morning but was operating as normal in the afternoon, with flights from Auckland to Christchurch and Wellington open for check in, while all Air New Zealand flights were displayed as cancelled.

A Stuff reporter at Auckland Airport said shortly after midday, an announcement was made that services had been delayed. Boarding for a flight to Dunedin was halted, with passengers made to return to the terminal.

Air New Zealand stored some of their turboprops ahead of the storm.

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Air New Zealand stored some of their turboprops ahead of the storm.

Air New Zealand said it intended to resume turboprop operations in and out of Auckland from mid-afternoon, but high winds may inhibit this.

Flights in and out of New Plymouth, Napier and Gisborne remained suspended due to airport closures and poor weather conditions.

The airline said a total of 592 flights had been impacted due to the cyclone, with around 35,000 customers disrupted across the network.

Air New Zealand chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty said they had added 11 flights to the domestic schedule to help with recovery efforts, with more to come.

Around 1500 international customers still had to be rebooked.

“Flights are very full but we’re working as fast as we can to rebook these remaining customers into the next available seats, and we’ve been in touch with them to let them know we’re pulling out all the stops to get people flying again,” Geraghty said.

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TSA confiscated record number of guns from airline passengers in 2022

Transportation Security Administration officers confiscated more than 6,542 firearms from airport passengers in 2022 — the highest number recorded since the agency’s inception. Of those guns taken at airport security checkpoints, 88% were loaded, the agency announced Tuesday.  

The confiscations by TSA mark a nearly 10% increase over the 5,972 firearms seized in 2021, which was also a record. 

The agency announced in December that it was raising the maximum civil penalty for a firearms violation from $13,910 to $14,950. 

map showing the airports with the most firearm discoveries in 2022
Airports with the most firearm discoveries, 2022

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These were the airports with the largest number of guns confiscated last year.

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 448
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 385
  3. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston: 298
  4. Nashville International Airport: 213
  5. Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix: 196
  6. Orlando International Airport: 162
  7. Denver International Airport: 156
  8. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 150
  9. Fort Lauderdale Airport 134
  10. Tampa International Airport: 131  

According to TSA policy, individuals toting either loaded firearms — or unloaded firearms with accessible ammunition — may face fines starting at $3,000, plus a criminal referral to law enforcement. Those with “aggravating circumstances,” including a history of carrying loaded weapons into security checkpoints, could be forced to shell out the maximum fine. 

TSA will grant civil penalty action only after completing an investigation. If passengers violate state laws, TSA refers cases to local authorities. 

TSA is also revoking PreCheck eligibility for at least five years for any passenger caught with a firearm, and it routinely conducts “enhanced screening” for those passengers to ensure no other threats are present.

Passengers who wish to transport firearms are instructed to follow proper packing guidance for firearms in checked baggage, and declare them to their airline at check-in. 

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated TSA employees who perform the critical task of securing

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