SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Connecticut man was arrested by local police after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport checkpoint yesterday, Sept. 13, with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected a .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun among the Norwich, Connecticut, man’s carry-on items as he was passing through the airport checkpoint Sunday morning. It was loaded with eight bullets. 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.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Syracuse Police Department, which responded, took possession of the gun and arrested the man on a state weapons charge.
This marks the third gun that TSA officers have detected at the airport’s checkpoint so far this calendar year.
This incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA advises passengers to look through bags thoroughly before heading to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
Weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
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.
For more information about TSA prohibited items, please check the prohibited items list and the traveling with firearms page. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
The Transportation Security Administration screens approximately 2 million passengers and their baggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.