- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration is reminding flyers to not leave guns in their carry-ons after seeing a sudden uptick in firearms found in luggage in eastern Washington state.

The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday the TSA has caught eight people with loaded handguns in carry-on bags in the past three weeks at the Spokane International Airport.

The federal agency says one man in late February had two guns - one in each of his carry-ons.

The airport says its police cited each traveler in the recent cases, but they were not arrested.

Firearms in carry-on bags are punishable by fines ranging from $2,000 to $13,333 per violation. Jail time is also possible.



The TSA recorded 18 instances of guns left in carry-ons at the Spokane airport in all of 2018.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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