For the 39th time this year, passenger tries bringing gun onto a plane in Charlotte

Gun found Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Gun found Thursday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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.

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.