Airport shooting raises questions about guns in baggage

    Passengers run for cover in Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport

    Passengers run for cover in Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport

    The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida airport used a gun that he had stored in his checked luggage, raising questions about airport security and whether safety officials need to change the current rules.

    Authorities say 26-year-old Esteban Santiago retrieved his gun from his bag on the carousel, loaded it in a bathroom of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, then emerged shooting in the baggage-claim area on Friday, killing five people and wounding eight.

    Transportation Security Administration rules prohibit guns in carry-on bags, but they allow passengers to ship guns if they are unloaded, put in a hard-sided, locked container that only the owner has the ability to unlock, and placed in a checked bag.

    A TSA spokesman declined to comment on whether Friday’s shooting would lead to a review of those rules.

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