BALTIMORE - A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident was arrested Wednesday, June 17 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught the man trying to carry a semi-automatic hand gun past a security checkpoint at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshal Airport (BWI).
TSA officers detected the .25 caliber gun among the man’s carry-on items as he was passing through the airport checkpoint this morning. It was loaded with six rounds. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. The man said that he had driven with the gun to Maryland. He was originally ticketed to fly to Miami.
TSA officers detected this .25 caliber handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag at BWI Airport on Wednesday, June 17. The gun was loaded with six bullets. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)
TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on weapons charges. There was no impact to airport operations.
Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.
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.