DULLES, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) prevented a Prince William County, Virginia, man from bringing a loaded 9 mm caliber handgun onto a flight on Tuesday, May 31.
The Woodbridge, Virginia, resident was stopped at the checkpoint with the firearm and was cited by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police on weapons charges after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the man’s carry-on bag. The gun was loaded with 11 bullets, including one in the chamber.
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 them.
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.