Sunday, February 12, 2017

Transportation Security Administration: Woman tried to bring loaded gun on plane at Yeager Airport (KCRW)

Police cited a South Charleston woman who was caught with a loaded handgun at Yeager Airport Sunday morning, according to a release from the Transportation Security Administration.

The gun was detected when the woman entered a TSA checkpoint and placed her carry-on items in bids to pass through the metal detector. TSA officers spotted the loaded .22 caliber handgun on the x-ray monitor, according to the release.

The gun was loaded with five bullets.

The TSA contacted Yeager Airport Police, who confiscated the gun and cited the woman on a state weapons charge.

Sunday was the second time TSA officers have found a gun at the checkpoint so far this year. TSA officers detected 10 guns at Yeager last year.

“This incident serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items,” the release states.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags, but unloaded guns can be transported in checked bags if they’re properly packed and declared to the airline, the release said.

People who bring firearms to the checkpoint can face criminal charges from police and civil penalties from TSA up to $12,000.

For more information about how to travel properly with a firearm, see the TSA’s website at

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