Police arrest local woman after TSA detects handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport security checkpoint

Local Press Release
TSA officers at Pittsburgh International Airport detected this handgun at the airport checkpoint on May 15. (TSA photo)

PITTSBURGH –  Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport continue to remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic and stopped an Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, woman from bringing a handgun on an airplane on Friday, May 15.

A TSA officer spotted the unloaded .22 revolver on the checkpoint X-ray machine’s monitor. It was found in her carry-on bag. TSA contacted the Allegheny County Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and detained the woman, a resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, for questioning prior to arresting her.

Nationwide last year, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, approximately a 5% increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 4,239 detected in 2018. Eighty-seven percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded.

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with concealed firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes in their carry-on bags. If you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, then you could even lose your status. TSA reserves the right to issue civil penalties for individuals who bring guns to checkpoints. The complete list of penalties is posted online.

 TSA Firearms Caught at the Pittsburgh International Airport checkpoint, 2017 to 2020

Year

2017

2018

2019

2020

(As of 5-17-20)

Guns caught at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) checkpoint

32

34

35

7

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies as they may have additional requirements.

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