A North Carolina man was arrested for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport checkpoint Thursday morning
The 8 a.m. incident happened at Checkpoint E, where officers with the Transportation Security Administration stopped a man with a handgun. His name was not released by TSA.
TSA Officer Mardea Jones reported detecting the gun as the man’s carry-on bag passed along the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine.
Jones immediately contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, which responded to the checkpoint. The passenger was questioned and arrested on a local charge of carrying a weapon on airport property.
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To date, TSA officers have detected 39 firearms at CLT checkpoints this year. TSA found 54 firearms at CLT last year.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm on TSA.gov. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition so travelers should contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.