Over the past week I have had to visit a "municipal" airport to drop and pick up a family member. Both times I was carrying concealed (licensed) and the temperature was low enough here in eastern Maine to warrant a Woolrich shirt to cover the OWB holster. The airport is populated with local police officers and TSA personnel 24 hours a day and I walked past them with luggage, wondering if my sidearm might "print" enough to cause a confrontation.
I have no desire to run afoul of any regulation so have discussed this with some who claim knowledge of applicable laws. I am told that the airport is in effect divided into two parts...the "municipal portion" which includes ticket counters, snack bars, newsstands, etc and the "federal" which starts at the entrance of the TSA inspection area. As I understand it, a CCP holder is governed by local ordinance while in the "municipal" part of the terminal. Of course I would never consider getting close to the TSA "federally controlled" section while carrying. I have no way of knowing if the city has anything on paper addressing this issue or if it is left to patrolling officers to use their own judgement in ensuring the safety of the public. That this could result in arrest, weapon seizure and legal costs is disconcerting, even if the final result was a case thrown out on the grounds of no specific restriction on concealed carry at the airport.
Our TSA people were on the ball though.....they seized a very small souvenir Swiss army knife on my wife's keyring as I watched with a pistol under my shirt.
I wonder if anyone on the forum has any knowledge applicable to this specific issue. Looking forward to hearing from members.
In the woods of Maine