NEWARK, N.J. – A third person in less than a month has been arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected a gun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.
TSA officers detected a .45 caliber handgun in a Monmouth County, New Jersey, man’s carry-on bag on Monday evening, December 21, as he was passing through one of the airport checkpoints. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun in the West Allenhurst, New Jersey, man’s knapsack as it passed along the conveyor belt.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police Department, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested the man on a state weapons charge. He was ticketed to fly to Dallas. There was no impact to airport operations.
It was the third gun that TSA officers have stopped at a Newark checkpoint within a 17-day period. A loaded .25 caliber gun was caught by TSA officers on December 5 and a loaded .38 caliber gun was caught on December 19.
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.
Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and 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.
Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.