TSA discovers loaded firearm at McGhee Tyson Airport

ALCOA (WATE) – The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

The Kimber .45 caliber pistol was discovered 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to TSA. Police were alerted.

Officers confiscated the bag and cited the passenger on a state charge. TSA says in addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

TSA says this is the 12th firearm discovered at the security checkpoint by TSA officers at TYS in 2016. A total of 18 firearms were found at TYS last year.

Firearms may be transported in checked baggage if they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded. TSA says they are prohibited on carry-on bags.

Click here for a list of prohibited items.

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