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Airport Seeing Rise in Passengers with Concealed Weapons

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Officials with the Corpus Christi International Airport are seeing a surge in passengers carrying concealed weapons.

"An increase in individuals and most are concealed handgun carriers that have a gun in a bag and they're going to carry on," said Chief John Hyland with the airport.

Chief John Hyland warns weapons of any kind are not allowed to be carried on a flight. Those guns must be checked. Hyland says it is a felony to carry a gun onboard.

"When it goes through the x-ray machine and the picture comes up on it, at that point its too late at that point it is a felony even in the state of Texas."

The first offense carries a fine of $3,500. Check with the airline regarding their policies. A weapon must be declared, locked and in a plastic hard case. Finally, ammunition has to be in a carton and the magazine in a secure box.