WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The Transportation Security Administration said a man was caught with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at Huntington Tri-State Airport – the second gun stopped at the checkpoint so far this calendar year.
A news release from the agency Tuesday said TSA officers stopped the Butler, Tenn., resident with a 9 mm handgun loaded with nine bullets, including on in the chamber. TSA contacted the airport police, who came to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the main for questioning.
Individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. Even individuals with gun carry permits are not permitted to carry a gun on an aircraft. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared.