CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A man was caught trying to bring a loaded gun onboard an airplane Wednesday, August 3, when Transportation Security Administration officers at Yeager Airport detected a handgun in one of the man’s carry-on bags.
TSA officers detected the .45 caliber handgun, in the man’s carry-on bag as he was entering the airport checkpoint. It was loaded with six bullets. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the gun inside the bag as it moved along the conveyor belt.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Yeager Airport Police, which responded and confiscated the gun from the man and cited him. There was no impact to airport operations.
This incident serves as a reminder that 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.
Weapons—including 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. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.
Visit TSA’s website for details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.