NEWARK, N.J. – A Jacksonville, Florida, woman was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a handgun and loaded magazine artfully concealed in the lining of the traveler’s checked bag at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday evening, November 10.
The TSA officers immediately notified Port Authority Police, who responded to the checked baggage room and confiscated the .40 caliber handgun and a magazine, which was loaded with 10 rounds. The port authority police officers then returned to the airport terminal where the woman was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a stolen firearm. She was originally ticketed to fly to Mumbai, India. There was no impact to airport operations.
When the screening technology indicated an alarm on the suitcase, a TSA officer opened the baggage and upon searching inside, found the handgun and magazine had been artfully concealed behind the lining of the suitcase.
The Transportation Security Administration screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items. TSA uses technology to screen checked baggage to identify any weapons or explosives which may be contained in checked baggage.