Guns Not a Major Concern at the Peoria Airport

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Security at the airport is a growing concern for people headed out of town.

“I think you’d be surprised at the number of firearms that travel through this airport,” said Director of Airports, Gene Olson.

Those guns have to be in a locked box and placed in a checked bag before they hit the air. Passengers can’t carry during flights, but guns can be picked up in the baggage claim area.

It’s the same place where the shooting in Ft. Lauderdale took many by surprise last week.

“Something like that where it happened in a baggage claim, there’s only so many things airports can do when you’re having to do with ground transportation and people coming in and out,” said Passenger, Kea Runyan.

Some passengers, waiting in baggage claim Monday, told us guns in the airport aren’t a worry to them, especially with sheriff’s deputies on-site 24-7.

“It’s really up to each airline what’s allowed, they all allow firearms to travel in checked bags,” Olson said.

“I feel like we’re doing as much as we can at this point, it’s a struggle with this many people having to get them through,” Runyan said.

Airport officials agree most of the time, guns are not a danger.

“It can go into a checked bag because that’s stored in the part of the airplane that’s not accessible to passengers,” Olson said.

Passengers say a little turbulence with security concerns won’t stop them from hitting the air.   

“I would travel by air preferably over anything else,” Runyan said.

Airport officials tell us each airline has its own rules when it comes to how much ammunition is allowed in the guns, and if you plan to travel with one you have to notify the airline ahead of time. 

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