ALCOA, Tenn. (WATE) – Transportation Security Administration agents found a handgun in a passenger’s bag Thursday morning at McGhee Tyson Airport.
The TSA says the unloaded .38 caliber pistol was found in a carry-on bag around 9:30 a.m. Firearms may be transported in checked bags if they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case, and unloaded, but they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
The passenger was cited on a state charge.
This is the 16th firearm discovered at the security checkpoint at McGhee Tyson Airport this year, tying the total found there last year.
Passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face potential criminal charges as well as civil penalties from the TSA.