RENO, Nev. - Officers with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) discovered a realistic replica of a firearm at the security checkpoint Thursday morning during routine screening of carry-on baggage.
Around 5:30 a.m., a male passenger came to the TSA security checkpoint with a carry-on bag. While screening the bag, a TSA officer recognized the image of a firearm on the X-ray screen.
TSA immediately notified the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Police Department, which responded to the security checkpoint. Upon further inspection, the X-ray image of the firearm was determined to be a 3D replica of a revolver.
The passenger was offered the option of checking the item in carry-on baggage, but elected to leave the item behind with TSA. The passenger continued to his flight and there was no impact to airport operations.
Realistic replica firearms, as well as firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint. TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. For more information about TSA prohibited items, please check the prohibited items list.
Additional traveler information specifically related to the commercial air transport of firearms and ammunition can be found at transporting firearms page.