DETROIT, Mich. — For the third time in a week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stopped someone with a gun at a checkpoint at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
On Saturday, May 10, a Detroit woman was arrested after she was caught with a loaded .357 mm firearm by TSA officers as she was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted the handgun in the woman’s bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. Wayne County Airport Police were contacted and responded to the checkpoint, where the woman was arrested on a weapons charge.
The gun was loaded with five rounds.
Airport police arrested two other individuals after TSA officers caught them with guns at the checkpoint this past week. An airport employee was caught with a gun on Sunday, May 4, as she was headed to work at one of the airport shops. And a man was arrested when TSA officers caught him with a gun on Thursday, May 8, making Saturday’s arrest the third within the same week.
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.
Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint. 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 posted on its web site, http://www.tsa.gov/travel/screening/prohibited-items. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.