TSA demonstrates right way to travel with guns

The holidays are always one of the busiest travel times of the year. 

The TSA seizes thousands of banned items at security checkpoints every day, including guns. Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the top airports for guns found in passenger's bags. 

The TSA is reminding travelers there is a right-way and a wrong-way to bring a gun on a plane.

In the past few weeks, the TSA has found several firearms at Sky Harbor.  "At the security checkpoint almost every time we find a gun the passenger says 'oh I forgot it was in my bag,'," said Nico Melendez.

Maybe it's just forgetfulness, but the numbers are on the rise. So far this year the TSA has found about 2,000 guns in passenger bags across the country. That's more than last year, and about 80 guns have been found at Sky Harbor alone.

"If you do the math, 5% of all guns found at airports were found here at Sky Harbor," said Melendez.

The problem isn't limited to guns; throwing knives, a sledgehammer; even blades that can fit in your wallet like a credit card were all found at the security checkpoints.

While you cannot carry your gun on the plane, you can put it in your checked baggage. Just make sure it's packed the right way and tell your airline. "It has to be in a proper carrying case which is a hard-sided carrying case, it has to be hard and lockable," he said.

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