BUFFALO, N.Y. – An Erie County man was cited by police after Transportation Security Administration stopped him from bringing a loaded handgun onto an airplane at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport this morning.
Earlier today, March 28, the East Aurora, New York, resident was caught with a 9 mm gun tucked into his laptop case. It was loaded with six bullets. The gun was confiscated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police. It is the third gun that TSA officers have intercepted so far this year—all three during the month of March. TSA officers at Buffalo detected two firearms at the airport checkpoint during all twelve months of 2015.
When the TSA officer spotted the gun in the checkpoint x-ray machine, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police were contacted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and cited the man on local weapons charges. There was no impact to airport operations.
As a reminder, 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. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.