Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says a loaded gun was found at checkpoint at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on Thursday afternoon.
Officials say that at around 1:30 p.m., a .45 caliber handgun was found in a passenger's carry-on bag. TSA then alerted local law enforcement who then took possession of the bag.
TSA would like to remind passengers that firearms can only be transported in checked luggage provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded. Firearms are not prohibited in carry-on bags.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” says Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”
Officials say the passenger was given a ticket and then continued on his travels through the airport.
For more information about the TSA prohibited items, please follow these links: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
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