Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Transportation Security Administration: Cortland County woman caught with loaded gun at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (KSYR)

A Homer woman was caught with this loaded handgun at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport checkpoint by officers, according to the Transportation Security Administration.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Transportation Security Administration officer at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport stopped a Cortland County resident from bringing a loaded handgun onto an airplane on Sunday.

The Homer woman was stopped when a TSA officer who was staffing the X-ray monitor spotted the loaded 9mm handgun in her carry-on bag. The semi-automatic handgun was loaded with 10 bullets, including one in the chamber, according to the TSA.

The woman had a valid New York State permit, but firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition, according to the TSA.

Individuals who show up with weapons at airport checkpoints cause the checkpoint lane to come to a halt until police arrive and handle the situation

The Syracuse Police Department was called to the checkpoint, where they confiscated the handgun. Police did not charge the woman because she had a valid permit, however the police will notify the issuing authority of the gun violation.

"It is a federal offense to try to bring a gun on an airplane and detecting guns at checkpoints brings to light the critical role that the Transportation Security Administration, and the dedication of the officers assigned to Syracuse Hancock International Airport, demonstrate in protecting the flying public--by keeping loaded firearms from being allowed onto a plane," said TSA Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart Johnson in a news release.  "It is also a stark reminder of the importance that passengers play in making sure that they stop and think about what they have in their carry-on bags to ensure that they do not bring any prohibited items to an airport checkpoint."

Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.

To learn more about traveling with a firearm, visit the TSA's website. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

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