HARRISBURG, Pa. – A York County, Pennsylvania, man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) Friday, Oct. 19, when they detected a loaded gun in the man’s carry-on bag. The York Haven, Pennsylvania, resident was caught at the checkpoint with the gun, a .380 caliber firearm, which was loaded with six bullets.
The TSA officers notified the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the man for questioning before citing him on weapons violations.
When an individual shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until the police resolve the incident. With the busy travel season in full swing, guns at checkpoints can delay travelers from getting to their gates.
As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with concealed carry permits are not allowed to bring guns past TSA checkpoints. 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.
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.