Loaded firearm captured by TSA during security check at W.Va.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va (WDTV) – Police cited a Florida man after TSA agents grabbed a loaded handgun from his carry-on luggage at a West Virginia airport Friday morning.
The .22 caliber handgun was loaded with 10 rounds, according to TSA officials.
When TSA agents spotted the weapon in the x-ray machine at the Huntington Tri-State Airport checkpoint, local law enforcement was alerted, drove to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun. weapon and cited the man for possession of weapons.
When a person shows up at a checkpoint, officials said the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until police resolve the incident. Firearms at checkpoints can delay travelers’ access to their gates.
“Guns and airplanes don’t mix,” said Simone Beyer, the TSA’s acting federal security director for West Virginia. “Weapons at security checkpoints are a serious concern. There’s a right way to carry a gun for a robbery and a wrong way. The wrong way is to take it to a checkpoint. The correct way is to ensure it is unloaded, packed in a locked hard case and taken to the airline check-in counter to be declared. The airline will ensure that it is carried in the belly of the aircraft where no one has access to it during a flight.
This is the second firearm captured by the TSA at Huntington Tri-State Airport this year.
Copyright 2022 WD TV. All rights reserved.