JAMAICA, N.Y. – Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) prevented a man from bringing a loaded handgun onto a flight this morning, Sept. 6, just five days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The man was stopped at the checkpoint with the 9 mm gun loaded with 15 bullets and later was arrested by Port Authority Police on state 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.
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 have the proper permits and if the guns 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 and travelers are advised to check those laws before bringing a gun to an airport.
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.