The law further provides that persons by purchasing a ticket to board such aircraft consent to a search of his person or personal belongings by the company selling the ticket. A person may refuse to be searched, but if so, he may be denied the right to board the aircraft.
Attempting to go through airport security and inadvertently possessing a gun in carry-on luggage may have devastating consequences. A violation of this law is a Class 4 felony in Illinois. Although a person may convicted of this offense may be eligible for probation, the offense also carries a possible sentence of 1 to 3 years in the Illinois penitentiary. Of course, there are additional collateral effects of being convicted of a felony in general and this felony in particular. These may include possible employment and immigration consequences.
It is better to be overly cautious. A person who goes through a checkpoint with a weapon will become a defendant in the Illinois criminal justice system. That person will be arrested and will not travel to his destination. Bail will be set and there will be numerous court appearances. A possible conviction will entail a sentence an additional consequences. It is far better to leave the weapon at home.
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601