Third gun detected by TSA officers at BWI so far this month
BALTIMORE – A Harford County, Maryland, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on Monday, April 17, after Transportation Security Administration officers caught him carrying a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint.
The man, a resident of Fallston, Maryland, was caught with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 15 bullets, including one in the chamber. It was the third firearm that TSA officers at the airport have detected so far this month.
TSA officers detected the gun as the man entered the TSA checkpoint and placed his carry-on items on the X-ray conveyor belt. TSA officers contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on state weapons charges.
It marked the eighth firearm that TSA officers have detected at the airport checkpoints so far this year.
TSA Firearms Caught at BWI
Number of Firearms Caught in 2013
Number of Firearms Caught in 2014
Number of Firearms Caught in 2015
Number of Firearms Caught in 2016
Number of Firearms to date in 2017
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
As a reminder, individuals 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.
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.