BALTIMORE – A man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Sunday, July 24 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him trying to carry a semi-automatic handgun past a security checkpoint. The .45 caliber handgun was loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber.
TSA officers detected the gun inside the man’s backpack as he entered one of the airport checkpoints. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on state weapons charges. He was originally ticketed to fly to Chicago.
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.