PITTSBURGH – A Meadville woman was arrested by Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday morning when they spotted a loaded handgun among her carry-on baggage.
The small .22 caliber handgun was loaded with two bullets, TSA said.
It was the second day in a row that an individual was caught with a loaded gun at the Pittsburgh airport checkpoint, according to the TSA. Friday’s incident was the 33rd gun found so far this year at the Pittsburgh airport.
The TSA officer spotted the gun among the woman’s carry-on baggage as she passed through the checkpoint’s x-ray machine. Allegheny County Police were alerted and confiscated the weapon.
The woman, who authorities have not identified, told officers she was heading to the next step in the hiring process for a new job. The woman told officers she was unaware the gun was part of her carry-on baggage. The TSA said the handgun was registered in the name of the woman’s husband.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently announced that in checkpoint firearms incidents involving a person who possesses a valid concealed carry permit, the United States Attorney’s Office- United will ask county sheriffs to revoke the resident’s concealed carry firearms permit due to negligence.
The TSA said Friday’s incident would include the imposition of a federal civil fine. The TSA can fine people who bring weapons with them to a TSA checkpoint from $ 3,000 to $ 13,910.
Civil penalties for introducing a handgun at a checkpoint vary depending on the mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
Civil penalties may apply to travelers with or without a concealed weapon license, according to the TSA.
Even though an individual may have a concealed transport permit, it does not allow a firearm to be transported on an airplane, the TSA said.
Additionally, if a traveler found with a firearm is a member of TSA PreCheck, then that individual loses their TSA PreCheck privileges, the TSA said.
Travelers are permitted to carry firearms as checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at the airline ticket counter to be carried in the belly of the aircraft with checked baggage. Controlled firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard case, locked and packaged separately from ammunition, the TSA said.