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New York man arrested after TSA detects gun concealed inside DVD player at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Local Press Release
Thursday, April 18, 2019

NEW YORK – A man from Queens, New York, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday, April 13, after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a handgun artfully concealed inside a DVD player.

The man’s checked bag triggered an alarm in the security scanning equipment and the bag was pulled aside and opened to resolve the alarm. TSA officers spotted a DVD player inside the checked bag. Upon further inspection, TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun wrapped in aluminum foil that was artfully concealed inside the DVD player. The gun was not loaded.

TSA officials notified Port Authority Police of the discovery of the concealed weapon. Police tracked down the man, a resident of Elmhurst, New York, who was at the gate waiting for his flight to Mexico. Instead of catching his flight, the man was arrested and charged with weapons violations. 

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