SALT LAKE CITY -- Officials at Salt Lake City International Airport say seven passengers have been arrested this year for trying to bring guns -- some loaded -- through security checkpoints.
Airport Police Chief Steve Marlovits says the pattern involving weapons is alarming. In 2010 there were 20 firearms arrests and 35 arrests for possession of other weapons.
Marlovits says a skycap was shot accidentally last year when a loaded gun fell out of a bag in front of the terminal.
Guns and weapons are not permitted at the security screening checkpoints -- even if a passenger has a permit. Violations can result in criminal charges and a $10,000 fine.
Passengers may only transport weapons, ammunition or parts in checked bags. Guns must be unloaded, packed properly in hard-sided containers and declared during check-in.