LINTHICUM, Md. – A Syracuse, New York, man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) yesterday, Dec. 20, after a Transportation Security Administration officer caught him trying to bring a loaded handgun past the security checkpoint.
It was the second gun stopped at one of the airport checkpoints within a week. A Baltimore man was arrested on Dec. 13 after he was caught trying to sneak a loaded semi-automatic handgun past a checkpoint. That gun had its serial number removed.
The Syracuse resident was found to have a .38 caliber gun loaded with a single bullet in his carry-on bag and was detected by a TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray monitor. TSA contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on weapons charges. The man told authorities that he forgot that he was carrying his loaded “38 Special” handgun with him.
Yesterday’s gun catch brought the total number of firearms that TSA officers have detected at BWI Airport so far this calendar year to 24, which ties the 2016 total of 24 firearms that 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. In addition, TSA has the authority to access civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online on tsa.gov. 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.