Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Syracuse Hancock International Airport intercepted a loaded 9mm handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag this past Saturday. The gun, containing 10 rounds of ammunition, was detected during routine security screening. TSA immediately alerted the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority Police, who interviewed and confiscated the firearm from the man, a Clarence, New York resident with a valid state pistol permit.
The man now faces severe financial penalties from the TSA, with fines for carrying weapons potentially reaching up to $15,000. Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York, expressed concern over the incident, emphasizing the risk it posed to everyone at the checkpoint. He praised the TSA officers and law enforcement for their prompt action in preventing the weapon from being taken aboard an aircraft.
TSA regulations allow passengers to travel with firearms only in checked baggage, provided they are unloaded, packed in a hard-sided locked case, and declared at the airline check-in counter. This incident marks the first firearm detection at Hancock Airport in 2024. For more information on traveling with firearms, TSA encourages travelers to visit its website.
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