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TSA to demonstrate proper way MEM travelers can bring their guns with them when they fly

TSA gun packing demo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Yes, travelers can fly with their firearms, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

The Transportation Security Administration is inviting local media to Memphis International Airport (MEM) Tuesday, April 24 to learn how travelers can bring their firearms with them when they fly.

The number of firearms at checkpoints is on the rise nationwide. Last year, a record 3,952 firearms were discovered at U.S. airport checkpoints, up from 3,391 in 2016.

So, we’d like to show you the right way that travelers should be traveling with their firearms. (Hint: bringing it to a checkpoint is definitely the wrong way.)

You’ll see some examples of what not to do and what to do when traveling with a gun. Good visuals and hands-on examples for you. 

Who: Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson

What: A demonstration on the proper way people should go about flying with a firearm, as well as stats on local and nationwide firearm catches.

When:  10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24

Where: Memphis International Airport; Meeting point: Starbucks in ticketing area

RSVP: Please send an email to mark.howell1@tsa.dhs.gov if you plan to attend.  


The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website attsa.gov