DULLES, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) prevented a Fredericksburg, Virginia, woman from bringing a loaded .380 caliber handgun onto an international flight on Friday night, Dec. 9.
The woman was stopped at the checkpoint with semi-automatic handgun after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected it as the woman entered the checkpoint and placed her carry-on items on the conveyor belt. The gun was loaded with six bullets.
The checkpoint lane where the firearm was detected was temporarily closed while police responded to the scene, which resulted in a shift of passengers into another checkpoint lane. When a passenger brings a firearm to a checkpoint, it delays the travelers who are in line behind him/her.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police confiscated the gun and cited the woman. She was ticketed to fly to Dublin, Ireland.
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts, ammunition and antique or realistic replica firearms—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.
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.