TSA detects fewer guns at W.Va. airports in 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Federal officials stopped eight people from carrying guns onto airplanes at West Virginia airport checkpoints in 2017. That’s down from 14 in 2016.

The majority of incidents over the past five years occurred at Charleston’s Yeager Airport and Huntington’s Tri-State Airport, according to statistics released by the Transportation Security Administration.

During that time, TSA officers stopped 36 people with guns at four airports in the state. That includes 24 in Charleston and 10 in Huntington.

Locally during that period, the TSA stopped one person with a gun at the Mid-Ohio Valley Airport in 2015.

The TSA stopped one person the Morgantown Municipal Airport in 2016.

Nationwide, the TSA reports 3,957 incidents in 2017. That number has gone up each year since 2010 when 1,123 firearms were detected at airport checkpoints.

Travelers who bring firearms to airport checkpoints are subject to criminal and civil penalties.

Firearms are not permitted to be carried onto an airplane even if someone has a concealed weapon permit.

However, someone with a proper firearm permit can travel legally with a firearm in their checked luggage if they follow proper guidelines that can be found on the TSA's website..