CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW-TV) - A day after a Rochester man was stopped by TSA officers with a loaded gun at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport last Thursday, a woman also showed up at the airport with a gun the very next morning on Friday June 7.
When TSA officers saw the second gun in the checkpoint X-ray machine, they again contacted Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, who, like the previous day, responded to the checkpoint.
The woman, who was originally ticketed to fly to Phoenix, was permitted to catch her flight—minus the starter pistol. There was no impact to airport operations.
As a reminder, weapons—including realistic replica weapons—are not permitted in carry-on baggage.
“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,” said Derek DePietro, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Buffalo. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.
Passengers can review the prohibited items list on the TSA homepage or they can download the free MyTSA application from the TSA homepage. The TSA web site and the MyTSA app have a “Can I Bring?” feature that allows users to type in items they plan to bring on a trip to get an explanation of TSA’s security policies for the item, including whether the item can be taken in carry-on luggage through the security checkpoint, packed in checked baggage, both, or neither.