LINTHICUM, Md. – A Pennsylvania resident was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) this morning (Monday, June 5) after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers caught him carrying a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint.
The man, a resident of Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was found to have a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six bullets in his carry-on bag. He told officials that he forgot that he was carrying a loaded gun with him.
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 weapons charges.
Today’s good catch marks the 15th firearm that TSA officers have detected at BWI Airport so far this calendar year. In 2016, a total of 24 firearms were detected at the airport’s checkpoints by TSA officers.
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 has details on how to properly travel with a firearm 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.