(720 ILCS 5/29D-35.1)
Boarding or attempting to board an aircraft with weapon.
(a) It is unlawful for any person to board or attempt to board any
commercial or charter aircraft, knowingly having in his or her possession any firearm,
explosive of any type, or other lethal or dangerous weapon.
(b) This Section does not apply to any person authorized by either the federal
government or any state government to carry firearms, but the person so
exempted from the provisions of this Section shall notify the commander of any
aircraft he or she is about to board that he or she does possess a firearm and show
identification satisfactory to the aircraft commander that he or she is authorized
to carry that firearm.
(c) Any person purchasing a ticket to board any commercial or charter
aircraft shall by that purchase consent to a search of his or her person or
personal belongings by the company selling the ticket to him or her. The person
may refuse to submit to a search of his or her person or personal belongings by
the aircraft company, but the person refusing may be denied the right to
board the commercial or charter aircraft at the discretion of the carrier.
Such a refusal creates no inference of unlawful conduct.
(d) Any evidence of criminal activity found during a search made pursuant to
this Section shall be admissible in legal proceedings for the sole purpose of
supporting a charge of violation of this Section and is inadmissible as
evidence in any legal proceeding for any other purpose, except in the prosecution
of offenses related to weapons as set out in Article 24 of this Code.
(e) No action may be brought against any commercial or charter airline
company operating in this State for the refusal of that company to permit
a person to board any aircraft if that person refused to be searched as
set out in subsection (c) of this Section.
(f) Violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 96-710, eff. 1-1-10.)