TSA officials on Monday (September 23) detained a Waterloo man at Syracuse-Hancock International Airport, after he was found to have a .40 caliber revolver in his carry-on bag, loaded with six bullets inside.
The weapon was picked up by an X-ray machine at one of the airport’s security checkpoints.
Syracuse Police were immediately notified, who arrived and confiscated the revolver. They then detained the man for questioning, where he told them he wasn’t aware his revolver was in his carry-on bag.
“It is important to remember that regardless of whether an individual has a concealed firearm permit, no guns are permitted past security checkpoints,” said Bart Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “Our TSA officers are good at their jobs and are actively seeking prohibited items to ensure a secure flight for passengers and crew.”
Monday’s incident marks the second gun detected and confiscated by TSA at Syracuse airport this year.
Nationwide last year, 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 11.6 firearms per day. That’s about a seven-percent increase nationally over 2017, when a total of 3,957 firearms were detected
Eighty-six percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded and nearly 34 percent had a bullet in the chamber.
As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with concealed firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes in their carry-on bags.
In addition, TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,333 for weapons violations. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100.
The complete list of penalties is posted online.