TSA Catches Local Man With Handgun at Philadelphia International Airport

Transportation Security Administration

PHILADELPHIA, PA — A Philadelphia man was cited by police after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a .357 caliber handgun among his carry-on items at a security checkpoint at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, May 2.  The gun was not loaded.

It was the 12th gun that officers have caught at one of the 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 citing him. TSA forwarded the incident to be followed up with the issuance of a federal financial civil penalty.

The man told officials that he had been hunting turkeys and brought the gun along with him for protection from bears during his hunting outing. Later he forgot that he had the gun among his carry-on items when he arrived at the airport for his flight.

“If you own a firearm, you need to know where it is at all times,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “My advice is to start with an empty carry-on or checked bag when you are packing for a flight. That way you know that there is nothing prohibited or illegal inside when you arrive at the airport.”

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