A TSA officer saw this gun in a Chittenango man’s carry-on bag as the man passed through airport security on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year. (Courtesy of the TSA)
By Jeff Stein | firstname.lastname@example.org on November 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM, updated November 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Syracuse, N.Y. — A Madison County man tried bringing a loaded semi-automatic handgun through security at Syracuse Hancock Airport Wednesday morning but was stopped, according to officials with the Transportation Security Administration.
A TSA officer saw the loaded gun with the X-Ray machine at a security checkpoint, a TSA press release said. The gun — which was found loaded with six rounds — was in the man’s carry-on bag.
Syracuse police at the checkpoint confiscated the gun, but the Chittenango man was allowed to catch his flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The TSA statement did not say if the man would face criminal charges.
“As a reminder, weapons — including firearms — are not permitted in carry-on baggage,” said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokesperson.
If declared ahead of time, unloaded firearms can be checked as baggage, Farbstein said.
“In the belly of the plane — not the cabin of the plane. That’s the big difference,” Farbstein said.
The discovery didn’t affect other travelers on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, Farbstein said.
Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 for bringing certain banned items to the airport.
In September 2012, another person was stopped at Syracuse Hancock Airport with a firearm at a security checkpoint, according to Farbstein.
Across the country, TSA agents find an average of seven firearms at security checkpoints a day, Farbstein said.
“It is somewhat surprising that more than a dozen years after 9/11 people are still bringing firearms to airports,” Farbstein said.
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