BALTIMORE – A Frederick, Maryland, woman was arrested at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Saturday afternoon, April 23, after Transportation Security Administration officers caught her trying to carry a loaded gun past a security checkpoint. The 9 mm handgun was loaded with seven bullets.
TSA officers detected the gun among the woman’s carry-on items as she was passing through the airport checkpoint. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman. 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’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.