CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Transportation Security Administration says its officers stopped a passenger from carrying a loaded gun onto a flight at Yeager Airport.
TSA officials say the incident happened this morning, Thursday, Dec. 2, when officers found an Arizona man who had a 9mm handgun that was loaded with 12 bullets. Officers then notified police who responded to the checkpoint and cited the man.
“Passengers are allowed to travel with their firearms and ammunition as long as they follow the proper procedures,” said John C. Allen, TSA’s Federal Security Director for West Virginia. “Travelers should never bring a gun—loaded or unloaded—to a security checkpoint because they are not permitted to be carried into the cabin of a plane.”
“The right way is to take your firearm and make sure it’s unloaded first of all and then you put it in a hard-sided case like this one here. Then what you do is you take your unloaded gun in the hard-sided case and you put a lock right on there,” TSA Spokesperson Lisa Farbsetin said.
The man also faces a federal civil penalty for bringing a gun to the airport’s security checkpoint, officials say. The TSA says civil penalties can for bringing a handgun to an airport security checkpoint can reach thousands of dollars depending on the circumstances. This also applies for concealed carry permits because those permits still do not allow an individual to carry the firearm onto an airplain.