Fewer firearms were detected at John Wayne Airport during the 12 months ending June 30 than at any other major airport in the western United States, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
In a report distributed this week, the FAA said that eight firearms were detected at John Wayne, compared to 97 at Los Angeles International Airport, which had the highest total in the region. The second-highest was 46 firearms detected at Ontario International Airport, officials said.
Despite the low total for John Wayne, FAA officials are asking all airline passengers to help speed boardings during the holiday season by not bringing firearms to airport screening points. Airlines must be notified in advance of any intent to ship firearms, and the weapons must be transported in checked baggage, FAA officials warned.
The firearms must be unloaded, declared to the airline, packed in a container the airline considers appropriate, and in a locked container if the firearm is a pistol.
Violators are liable to criminal prosecution and civil penalties of up to $10,000.