A grandmother from Rochester is facing weapons charges after she was caught with a loaded handgun at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration says the woman, whose name has not been released, received a gate pass Wednesday that allowed her to escort her grandchildren to their gate for their flight.
While going through the security checkpoint, a TSA officer spotted a .22 caliber handgun in the woman's purse. It was loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber.
NFTA police confiscated the gun and cited the woman for local weapons charges.
Travelers who bring a firearm to an airport security checkpoint can face criminal charges and a fine of up to $12,000.