BALTIMORE – A Baltimore County man was detained at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) earlier today, Jan. 29 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught the Rosedale, Maryland, resident trying to carry a .40 caliber handgun past a security checkpoint. The gun was loaded with 13 bullets.
It marked the second gun that TSA officers have detected at BWI so far this calendar year. A loaded .380 caliber gun was detected at one of the airport checkpoints just last week, on Jan. 21. Last year TSA officers at BWI detected 16 firearms at the airport.
TSA officers detected the gun among the man’s carry-on items as he was passing through the airport checkpoint late this morning.
TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and detained the man. There was no impact to airport operations.
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. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.