BALTIMORE (WJZ) – An Odenton man is facing weapons charges after he allegedly tried to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight departing LaGuardia Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said. on Monday.
A TSA officer discovered the 9mm gun, loaded with eight rounds, as the man’s belongings passed through the X-ray machine.
Port Authority Police officers confiscated the gun and questioned the man.
“Last year, our TSA officers intercepted four guns at our security checkpoints and here,” said Robert Duffy, TSA Director of Federal Security at New York City Airport. It was early March and there have been two travelers caught carrying guns this year,” said Robert Duffy, TSA’s Director of Federal Security at the New York City airport.
The Odenton resident, who was not named by a federal agency, faces a weapons charge from the Port Authority, as well as a federal civil penalty for bringing a gun to an airport security checkpoint.
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Those penalties could cost thousands of dollars, authorities said.
“Among the factors TSA Determining the amount of a civil fine includes whether the firearm is loaded and whether ammunition is accessible, the agency said in a press release.
Firearms can be brought on board if they are declared to the airline, unloaded and packed in a lockable, hard-sided case.
“The airline will make sure the gun is shipped with checked baggage in the belly of the aircraft, never in the cabin of the plane,” the TSA said.