Loaded gun found in carry-on at Charlotte Douglas

Federal agents confiscated a loaded .45 caliber handgun from a passenger’s carry-on bag at Charlotte Douglas International Airport last week, authorities said.

The gun was among 24 loaded and eight unloaded weapons found in carry-on bags at U.S. airports from Jan. 9 through Thursday, the federal Transportation Security Administration reported on its blog Friday.

Seized items included four replica/inert/novelty grenades found in carry-on bags at the Westchester County, N.Y., and Providence, R.I., airports, and two more at the Binghamton, N.Y., and Buffalo, N.Y. airports.

A lipstick knife was seized from a carry-on bag at the Milwaukee airport, a throwing knife at the Phoenix airport and a cleaver at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Fifteen stun guns also were discovered in carry-on bags last week, including three at Las Vegas, two at San Francisco and the rest at 10 other airports.

Passengers can travel with firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline, the TSA said on its blog.

“Unfortunately, these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent, which is why we talk about these finds,” the TSA said. “... 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 can face a penalty as high as $7,500.

“This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home,” the TSA said. “Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.”