TSA officers at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport prevented a man
from carrying a loaded firearm onto an airplane late last week after a
TSA officer detected the gun and ammunition in the passenger's carry-on bag.
The man was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint the afternoon of August 29 when the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a loaded gun in the man's carry-on bag.
TSA contacted the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police who arrested the man after removing a 9mm firearm loaded with six rounds and one chambered plus a box of 50 additional rounds of ammunition, from his carry-on bag. There was no impact to airport operations. The man, a resident of Missouri, was originally ticketed to fly to Chicago.
As a reminder, weapons-including firearms, firearm parts and
ammunition-are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
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.
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. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its
web site here:
Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms
and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding
firearm and ammunition carriage policies.