ISLIP, N.Y. – A man was caught at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) on Friday, Nov. 25 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him trying to carry a loaded semi-automatic handgun onto an airplane. The 9 mm caliber handgun was loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber.
TSA officers found another 19 bullets tucked into his carry-on bag along with the gun. TSA officers contacted the Long Island MacArthur Airport Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and detained him for questioning.
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, so travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.