A North Carolina man is suspected of trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday.
A Transportation Security Administration officer detected the 9 mm gun as it passed along the conveyor belt in the man’s carry-on bag at Checkpoint B shortly after 12:30 p.m.
TSA officers immediately contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who questioned the passenger and cited him for carrying a firearm on airport property, according to a TSA statement.
The incident happened at the Checkpoint B Precheck lane. Police have not released the man’s name or other details.
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TSA officers have detected 31 firearms at Charlotte Douglas checkpoints so far this year, the agency said. TSA found 54 firearms at the airport last year.
“There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way,” the TSA said. “The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.”
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm on TSA.gov. Airlines might have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.