CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County, West Virginia, woman was caught with a loaded handgun at Yeager Airport (CRW) Sunday morning, Feb. 12, and was cited by police for carrying a gun in an airport.
As the woman, a resident of South Charleston, West Virginia, entered the TSA checkpoint, she placed her carry-on items in bins to pass through the metal detector. That’s when TSA officers spotted the loaded .22 caliber handgun on the X-ray monitor. It was loaded with five bullets. TSA officers immediately contacted the Yeager Airport Police, who responded and confiscated the gun and cited the woman on a state weapons charge.
Sunday’s incident marked the second time that TSA officers have detected a gun at the checkpoint so far during the first six weeks of 2017. Ten guns were detected by TSA officers at Yeager Airport during all 12 months of 2016.
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 $12,000.
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 the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.