Delta Air Lines has a new gun policy, requiring guns checked in as baggage to be picked up at the baggage service office, when you arrive.
Delta stated, “Delta is committed to the safety of our customers and employees. Every day we look for ways to refine processes and procedures with the goal to improve safety and the overall travel experience.”
This comes in response to realizing the vulnerabilities of “soft target” areas, after the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting.
The incident also highlighted the fact that passengers can legally pack guns in checked baggage — and access them after claiming their bags.
The FBI said Esteban Santiago flew on a one-way ticket from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale with a gun and ammunition in a case in checked luggage, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say he picked up the case, loaded the gun in a bathroom and came out firing at travelers.
Some called for increased security to prevent such incidents at airports.
Delta’s policy on “shooting equipment” also says: “Until further advised, passengers departing Brussels, Belgium are not allowed to check weapons including, antique, sporting, hunting or toy rifles in their checked baggage.”
It sounds like they are simply trying to make things safer, and not coming down on the gun community. What do you think?