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TSA caught two brothers trying to smuggle gun parts concealed in their undergarments at a JFK International Airport checkpoint last week

Local Press Release
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
One of several air pistol components that two brothers attempted to conceal and bring onto an airplane. (TSA photo)

QUEENS, N.Y. – Transportation Security Administration officers caught two Australian brothers trying to smuggle gun parts onto an airplane departing John F. Kennedy International Airport last week by concealing some of the components in their undergarments.

As each man entered the advanced imaging technology scanner at the checkpoint, the machines signaled alarms in different areas of their bodies to include their pockets and groin areas. A search revealed that each man was wearing two sets of clothing in an unsuccessful attempt to conceal parts of air pistols, which were hidden in their pockets as well as concealed in their undergarments. TSA officers retrieved the men’s checked baggage, and a look inside revealed additional gun components scattered throughout their luggage along with tools to reassemble the guns.

TSA officials notified Port Authority Police who arrested the men on multiple charges.

Firearms, firearm components and replica firearms--including air pistols and BB guns are prohibited from being brought past TSA checkpoints.

TSA uses state-of-the-art advanced imaging technology scanners to safely screen passengers for both metallic and nonmetallic threats, including weapons and explosives, which might be concealed beneath clothing.

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