BALTIMORE – A Carroll County, Maryland, woman was arrested at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Monday, June 11 after Transportation Security Administration officers caught her trying to carry a semi-automatic handgun past a security checkpoint. The .380 caliber handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
TSA officers detected the gun among the woman’s carry-on items as she was passing through the airport checkpoint. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the woman, a resident of Taneytown, Maryland, on state weapons charges.
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.