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TSA officers catch Oneida County woman trying to bring gun past checkpoint at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport

Local Press Release
Monday, May 29, 2017
This handgun was caught at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport May 27.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Transportation Security Administration officers at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport (SYR) prevented an Oneida County, New York, woman from bringing a handgun onto an airplane Saturday, May 27, when they found the gun in the woman’s carry-on bag.

The passenger, a resident of Utica, New York, was stopped as she was entering the checkpoint. TSA officers detected the .22 caliber handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the woman’s carry-on bag.  

Airport law enforcement officers were called to the checkpoint, where they confiscated the firearm.  

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.

“This is a prime example of the importance of dedicated officers from TSA performing their detection duties and preventing a handgun from being brought onto a plane,” said Bart Johnson, TSA’s upstate New York federal security director.

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’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.

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