PITTSBURGH – A West Virginia man was arrested by local law enforcement Saturday morning, Sept. 12, when Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) discovered a loaded firearm in his carry-on bag.
TSA officers spotted the firearm in the male passenger’s carry-on baggage as it was screened at the checkpoint. The .38 caliber Smith & Wesson Body Guard was loaded with five rounds.When discovered, TSA immediately notified local law enforcement who responded to the checkpoint and arrested the passenger on a local charge.
This is the 12th firearm discovered in carry-on baggage at PIT this year. TSA reminds passengers that they are responsible for the contents of bags brought to the airport checkpoint.
TSA screens approximately 1.8 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 advanced technology X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage. TSA takes the discovery of prohibited items seriously and urges all passengers to check the contents of their bags before leaving home to ensure they are not bringing any prohibited items to the airport, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition. Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.
Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. TSA imposes civil penalties ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 for a single violation of a firearm brought to a security checkpoint. TSA continues to intercept firearms and other dangerous weapons at security checkpoints nationwide. TSA discovered more than 1,800 firearms at checkpoints across the nation in 2013 and more than 2,200 firearms in 2014.