USA Flag

Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Transportation Security Administration

TSA officers catch man trying to bring gun onto airplane at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport

Local Press Release
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  This .40 caliber handgun was caught by TSA officers on Tuesday morning at the Syracuse-Hancock International Airport checkpoint. (TSA photo)

SYRACUSE, NY – Transportation Security Administration officers at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport  prevented a man from bringing a loaded .40 caliber handgun onto an airplane early this morning (October 18).

The man, ticketed to fly to Minneapolis, was stopped as he was entering the checkpoint with the handgun, which was unloaded, although the man also had an additional magazine loaded with seven bullets with him. 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.  

Syracuse Police were called to the checkpoint where they confiscated the firearm.  The man told officials that he forgot that he had his gun and loaded ammunition magazine with him.

Individuals who show up with weapons at airport checkpoints cause the checkpoint lane to come to a halt until police arrive and handle the situation.

As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—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 of up to $12,000.

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.

Syracuse Police were called to the checkpoint where they confiscated the firearm.  The man told officials that he forgot that he had his gun and loaded ammunition magazine with him.

Individuals who show up with weapons at airport checkpoints cause the checkpoint lane to come to a halt until police arrive and handle the situation.

As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—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 of up to $12,000.

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 has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on TSA.gov. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

###