Transportation Security Administration officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport confiscated a gun from a passenger after finding it at a security checkpoint.
At about 10:35 p.m. Aug. 4, a loaded .38 caliber firearm with two magazines of ammunition was detected during an X-ray screening of the passenger’s bag, according to TSA’s website. The owner of the gun, a man from Ohio, was cited for the weapon, which was confiscated and missed his flight.
“Firearms are never allowed at our TSA security checkpoints and should be properly checked in with your airline according to their rules and regulations,” said Steve Lorincz, Detroit’s TSA federal security director. “Travelers are solely responsible for the contents of their carry-on baggage and should perform a double-check before arriving at the airport security checkpoint.”
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According to TSA, passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are packaged and declared at check-in with the airline. TSA requires the firearm to be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case and unlocked.
People who are found with firearms in their luggage can be cited penalties totaling up to $13,333 for weapons violations, the TSA website said. In 2020, TSA officers have detected 15 firearms at DTW security checkpoints. Last year, 47 firearms were detected during screenings.