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Atlanta Airport and TSA Officials to Discuss Guns at Security Checkpoints
14 August ,2013

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2013


Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
(404) 382-2319
reese.mccranie@atlanta-airport.com


Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
(404) 772-3015
monica.fuentes@atlanta-airport.com

Media Advisory


Atlanta Airport and TSA Officials to Discuss Guns at Security Checkpoints

WHO: Louis Miller, Aviation general manager

Mary Leftridge Byrd, Transportation Security Administration federal security director

Major Lane Hagin, Atlanta Police Department – Airport Section

WHAT: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials will hold a press conference on Thursday to discuss firearms confiscated at the world’s busiest airport.

In 2012, more guns were confiscated at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport than any other airport in the United States. As a result, the Airport is seeking to raise awareness of the proper procedures for passengers seeking to travel with their firearms and the legal consequences for violating federal law.

WHEN: Thursday, August 15 - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Main Security Checkpoint (Domestic Terminal), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 6000 North Terminal Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30320

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