Passengers who fly with firearms on Delta Airlines will now find themselves undergoing a new procedure upon landing. The nation’s second-largest carrier has quietly changed its policy about traveling with guns.
According to the NBC affiliate in Miami, the airline is now tagging bags with guns and, upon arrival, are not putting these tagged bags on the luggage carousel with other bags. Instead, the passenger is required to get with a service agent and show their ID before being given their bag. Prior to turning over the bag, the agent adds zip ties to the luggage.
The airline also mandates that a police officer be present at the pick-up location. “Now, there's a police presence there when there's a weapon that's checked and the police officer can monitor the weapon leave the building satisfactorily,” aviation consultant Scott Patterson told NBC 6.
Delta has yet to issue any announcement about the shift in policy, nor has any other airline followed suit.