mgMAGAZINE has reported that on January 1, 2020, airport officials in Chicago placed amnesty boxes near Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stations at check-in gates at both O´Hare and Midway airports, where travelers can dump cannabis products they´re afraid to take on the plane, the news source said.
January 1 was the first day of Illinois recreational legalization.
Though cannabis possession is now legal in Illinois´ airports, because of federal restrictions, passengers are prohibited from flying in federally regulated airspace with any cannabis products or other illegal drugs.
Media reports noted TSA is not actively looking for cannabis when inspecting flyer´s bags; however, if cannabis (or any illegal drug) is found, TSA is obligated to report it to federal authorities.
The locked boxes at O´Hare and Midway airports were placed and are maintained by the Chicago Department of Aviation and will be emptied by local police, who will document and dispose of the contents.