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TSA catches two firearms at Bangor Int’l Airport within five days

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Transportation Security Administration officers have stopped two guns at the Bangor International Airport (BGR) checkpoint within five days.

TSA officers caught this handgun in a passenger’s carry-on baggage at BGR Airport on Friday, May 16th. Photo courtesy of TSALast Friday, May 16, TSA officers detected a firearm in a man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun in a firearm case inside the traveler’s bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.  Five days later (May 21), another man was stopped when TSA officers at the checkpoint detected a firearm tossed among clothing in a passenger’s suitcase as it passed through the X-ray machine.

Both times TSA officers contacted the Bangor Police Department, which has officers on patrol at the airport. The officers responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the firearms. 

As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition— are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.

Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.  

TSA officers caught this handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag hidden among clothing at BGR Airport on Wednesday, May 21st. Photo courtesy of TSAPassengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. 

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm is available on the firearms and ammunitions page. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

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The Transportation Security Administration was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with the transportation, law enforcement and intelligence community to set the standard for excellence in transportation security. For more information about TSA, please visit our website at tsa.gov.