A Monroe County woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at the checkpoint of the Greater Rochester International Airport Saturday morning, Nov. 1, after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a loaded handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag.
The woman, a resident of Webster, New York, was ticketed to fly to Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
TSA contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, which responded and confiscated the .38 caliber handgun.
The gun was loaded with seven rounds, including one in the chamber. It was tucked inside the passenger’s carry-on bag.
As a reminder, officials said weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.
Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA, according to officials.
For details on how to properly travel with a firearm, check the TSA web site, here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.
Airlines may also have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.
Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.