PHILADELPHIA, PA — A resident of Indiana was cited by police after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a 9mm handgun among his carry-on items at a security checkpoint at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The gun was not loaded.
It was the 24th gun that officers have caught at one of the airport checkpoints so far this year.
When the TSA officers spotted the gun in the checkpoint X-ray machine, the Philadelphia Police were alerted, confiscated the gun and detained the man for questioning before arresting him. TSA forwarded the incident to be followed up with the issuance of a federal financial civil penalty.
“An arrest followed by a hefty civil penalty is likely to cost this individual thousands of dollars between his need to hire an attorney and pay fines,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Philadelphia International Airport. “Travelers are responsible for the contents of their bags and there is no excuse for carrying a deadly weapon such as a firearm to one of our security checkpoints.”
Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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