Gun hidden in raw chicken found at Florida TSA checkpoint

Gun hidden in raw chicken found at Florida TSA checkpoint

Gun hidden in raw chicken found at Florida TSA checkpoint

(CNN) – TSA calls ‘personal poultry’ in gun found in raw chicken at airport security checkpoint.

“Chicken plots”, Transportation Safety Administration posted this week on Instagram after someone at the agency put on their goofy pants and called attention to a “heritage of time” impaling a bird with a firearm.

The passenger was headed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, according to Sara Koshetz, TSA spokeswoman for the Gulf region.

Nestor Iglesias, a spokesman for Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said he could not offer additional details because it is an “ongoing criminal case that has been accepted for prosecution.”

Record number of guns arrive at TSA checkpoints in Florida in 2022 Travelers have brought more than 700 guns to airport checkpoints in the state so far this year — a year-to-date number that already exceeds any previous year, according to a TSA announcement.

Records were set at 12 airports in Florida, led by airports in Orlando (129 cannons), Fort Lauderdale (120 cannons) and Tampa (102 cannons).

Almost all of the weapons discovered at the checkpoints were loaded, the TSA said, and most had ammunition.

“Accidental discharge could result in tragedy,” TSA’s KoŇ°ec said in a statement. “It is the responsibility of every passenger to know exactly where their handgun is before entering a security checkpoint.”

For many travelers, bringing guns into airports has resulted in arrests and notices to appear in court.

Civil penalties from the TSA can reach $13,910 even if a passenger is not arrested, according to a TSA statement.

Firearms must be packed in checked baggage. The TSA lists specific rules that apply to guns and ammunition on its website.

Top image: The gun was found hidden in a chicken at a TSA checkpoint in Florida in late September. (Transportation Security Administration)

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