The gun was among 44 firearms discovered this week in carry-on bags at U.S. airports, including 36 that were loaded and eight with rounds chambered, according to the TSA’s weekly blog.
Passengers can travel with firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline, the TSA said.
“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent, which is why we talk about these finds,” the TSA said on its blog. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”
A passenger with a weapon in a carry-on bag can face a penalty as high as $7,500, the TSA said.
The TSA’s blog doesn’t say whether the Charlotte passenger was arrested or fined.
A knife also prohibited from carry-ons was found in another passenger’s carry-on bags at Charlotte Douglas this week.