JWA News 4-15-13: Weapons and Bad Landings

  • April 18, 2013
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As the nation mourns the Boston Marathon tragedy (Monday, April 15, 2013), airlines and airports around the nation, with the exception of the Orange County John Wayne Airport (JWA) news experienced an uptick in unusual landing incidents and passengers trying to board flights with banned weaponry.

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Courtesy of the TSA – Approved carry on items as of April 25, 2013.

On April 15th, 2013 while passenger travel was normal at Orange County John Wayne International Airport, more then 20 different commercial incidents  involving landing problems transpired at airports around the nation. Cities and airports, where unusual landings transpired, include the following Vero Beach Florida; Phenix Alabama; Morse, San Manuel Arizona; Louisiana,  Norfolk Virginia; Barstow California; New Orleans LA; Anderson South Carolina;  Lakeland Florida; and Hardee Florida and other cities.

Did you know…that passengers, who engage in what is considered “unruly behavior” may be prosecuted on criminal charges or even be fined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Before the  FAA’s Reauthorization Bill, (April 16, 2000) the maximum civil penalty for a violation was $1,100. Today, the FAA can impose up to $25,000 per violation for passenger disorderly conduct.

Of the 44 firearms confiscated from the US  airports on April 15th, 38 were loaded. Among the most unusual explosive devices confiscated at Dallas Love Field (DAL), TSA  personnel found an inert grenade  in  a passenger’s carry-on bag.

Meanwhile later this month on April 25th,  2013 Orange County John Wayne International Airport (JWA) will be joining other national airports loosening carry on item restrictions. Permissible unchecked items include the following: small pocket knives (with non-locking blades smaller than 2.36 inches and less than 1/2 inch in width). Sporting goods such as Lacrosse sticks, billiard cues, hockey sticks, ski poles and golf clubs are now allowed while softball and baseball bats are prohibited .

Passengers, endeavoring to board a plane a flight with a gun, grenade or other explosive devices face citation, an arrest or even a fine of up to $7,500.

Have you experienced an embarrassing moment at the security check point of  Orange County John Wayne International Airport? Share your story with http://www.johnwayneairport.org us.

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