Traveler caught with loaded gun at Philadelphia International Airport: TSA
An Arizona man was arrested by police after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented him from carrying a loaded handgun on his flight to Philadelphia International Airport.
The traveler’s 9mm pistol was discovered in his carry-on in an X-ray machine at the security checkpoint on Friday, Sept. 24, TSA officials said. It was loaded with 17 bullets.
Philadelphia police confiscated the gun and detained the man before arresting him for weapons violation, they said. The man – whose name has not been released – should face a financial penalty.
Passengers can only travel with firearms in checked baggage and if properly packed and declared at the counter of their airline ticket, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
Firearms should be unloaded in a locked hard-sided case packed separately from ammunition, she said.
The locked suitcase must be taken to the airline’s check-in counter to be declared.
The TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.
“Our TSA agents are good at detecting firearms and other prohibited items that travelers bring to our security checkpoints,” said Gerardo Spero, director of TSA Federal Security for Toronto International Airport. Philadelphia.
“Responsible firearm owners know where their firearms are at all times and they know they are not allowed to carry them on their flight. If you own a firearm, you must not in any bring it to a checkpoint and must be properly packaged and declared at the airline’s check-in counter.
It is the 31st firearm captured at Philadelphia International Airport checkpoints this year, according to the TSA.
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