May 12th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Egyptian Customs finds undeclared firearms in bag

Egyptian Customs officials found two undeclared firearms in the checked baggage of a passenger who arrived there from New York, the Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday.

The firearms were found in the bagged of a passenger who landed in Cairo Tuesday on Egypt Air Flight 986.

A federal government official was told two handguns, five boxes of ammunition, four knives and two empty magazine clips were found in the man's checked baggage.

The TSA said it peruses checked baggage for explosives, but properly placed packaged guns and knives are not an aviation threat because they are not accessible to passengers.

"Transporting firearms within the U.S. in checked baggage is permitted if properly declared to the airline. Many other countries have different laws that address transportation and possession of firearms. We recommend passengers traveling internationally check with the authorities at their destination about their requirements," the TSA said.

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  1. Gene Rosen

    Well, if I was hired by Homeland Security to make a list of the 100 security breaches the federal government forgot – I would start here. Yowza. If I was TSA, I'd be a little less worried about controllable security and more concerned about the 'uncontrollables.' Take a scenario within which a new-bee terrorist pulls 'declared' weapons out of his/her luggage at a busy baggage claim area and opens fire. How long does it take to load a well-maintained weapon? Seconds. How much destruction? Hundreds.

    I don't know about you, but I've never really seen many security personnel down at baggage claim. Hey guys, smarten up. Make it illegal to transport 'legal' and declared weapons in non-carry on luggage – and you'll kill two birds with one stone.

    A Patriot.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cowboy

      So you are a patriot of some communist country? WE ARE A FREE PEOPLE IN USA and free people have guns. That is why they are free.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. P MIlls

    Baggage claim areas, other than customs, are not secure areas. Firearms in checked baggage are no threat.
    Anyone can enter baggage claim, except for secure customs areas, without going through
    any kind of security check and they could have weapons. How does making something
    "illegal" keep a criminal from doing it?

    May 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dibby

    Patriot, you should take knives and sticks away from the people too.

    I have a problem with your proposal, primarily because you are not in tune with reality. It seems you have tossed out another knee-jerk response from someone who is afraid of citizens being armed. I would think "A Patriot" would seek to preserve the freedom of self defense described in the 2nd amendment, but as you name yourself, this is subjective.

    Most airports in states that allow citizens to carry firearms either openly or concealed, allow said firearms in the non-secure (not beyond screening) portions of the airport. So there's no difference between having a firearm come down the baggage claim ramp and an armed citizen strolling into the baggage claim from outside.

    A better thought out response might be a suggestion to hold Airline employees responsible for knowing and enforcing the law. They already are expected know the regulations concerning the packing and handling of the firearm for domestic destinations, so how hard could it be to have someone lookup the regulations for international destinations and provide a manual?

    Most firearm regulation is just "feel good" garbage. Knowing there are laws can make the sheep feel safer, but there is seldom any real gain in safety. It may shock you, but people who are determined to wreak havoc will find a way despite what the law says.
    The law regulates the actions only of those who follow it.

    I think Ben Franklin summed it up perfectly when he states, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. "

    Happy travels, Patriot.

    May 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zip in SC

    One glaring omission in this story, what nationality was this guy? Was he an Egyption returning home, was he American, was he something else and Egypt just a layover? Too many open questions.

    May 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hans Meyer

    He was an Egyptian coming home, but with a US passport. I think this is called a "naturalized" American. I am from Germany, and I read about the incident in the German Yahoo News, where these additional facts are told.

    May 13, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. NY

    TSA's job is really to keep the weapons and explosives off the aircrafts. what ever happens on the ground after the plane lands is beyond TSA... As long as the planes make it to their Destination TSA's job is done, and lets be real. Terrorist are looking for mass destruction not shooting someone in baggage claim..

    May 18, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |