PHILADELPHIA, PA — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a local woman from carrying a 9mm handgun loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber, onto her flight this morning, Tuesday, July 27, at Philadelphia International Airport.
“We’re seeing a notable increase in the number of guns and ammunition being brought to our checkpoints,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “This is an airport, not a shooting range. Travelers need to take care to pack their firearms properly for transport. If you’re not sure if an item is permitted to be carried through a security checkpoint, there are many ways to find out via TSA’s website, www.tsa.gov, via TSA’s myTSA app, and via TSA’s Twitter account, @AskTSA. However, it should be a no-brainer that guns are not allowed to be carried onto a flight.”
When TSA officers spotted the gun in the security checkpoint X-ray machine, they alerted Philadelphia Police, who confiscated the weapon and cited the woman, a Philadelphia resident, on weapons charges.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at their airline ticket counter. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.
Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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