Woman With Loaded Gun Arrested at Philadelphia International Airport

gunTSA officers detected this loaded handgun inside a woman’s carry-on bag at Philadelphia International Airport on September 9. (TSA photo)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented a local woman from carrying a .380 caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber, onto her flight on Thursday, September 9, at Philadelphia International Airport.

“This traveler was prevented from carrying a loaded gun onto her flight just two days before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At this point in time, people should know that weapons are not allowed onto flights,” said Gerardo Spero, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport.

“Bringing a gun to a checkpoint is inexcusable. 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.”

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When TSA officers spotted the gun in the security checkpoint X-ray machine, they alerted Philadelphia Police, who confiscated the weapon and arrested the woman, a Philadelphia resident, on weapons charges.

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