Loaded Glock Handgun Found In Carry-On Luggage Of Passenger Flying Out Of Chattanooga

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Gun found at Chattanooga Airport
Gun found at Chattanooga Airport

A loaded Glock 27 handgun was discovered by the Transportation Security Administration in the carry-on luggage of a passenger flying out of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport early Saturday morning.

The Glock 27, along with 10 rounds – one of which was chambered – is the fifth weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport this calendar year, authorities said. 


Airport police were alerted, took possession of the bag and issued a citation to the passenger.



A TSA official said, "Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty. Fines can range from $250 up to $11,000 for a single civil penalty for firearms brought to a security checkpoint. TSA has intercepted firearms and other dangerous weapons at security checkpoints nationwide, with an average of 30 firearms per week in 2012. As of September of this year, TSA has detected 1,343 firearms at checkpoints across the nation.

"TSA screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives.  To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while Advanced Technology (AT) X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage. TSA takes the discovery of prohibited items seriously and urges all passengers to check the contents of their bags before leaving home to ensure they are not bringing any prohibited items to the airport — including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition. Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline."


Community Foundation Of Greater Chattanooga Names Maeghan Jones New President

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC) has named Maeghan Jones as the foundation’s new president. Ms. Jones, who has been serving as president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, will succeed retiring President Pete Cooper on  Jan. 1, 2016 . The appointment comes following a nationwide search. “Maeghan not only has the intelligence and organizational capability ... (click for more)

Ex-Chattanooga Marine Blasts Obama In YouTube Video That Goes Viral

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)

2015 High School Football Tour Recap

  High School football officially began Monday as prep teams throughout the state donned helmets and pads for the first time with the season opening weekend 24 days away.   The sixth annual chattannogan.com tour of Hamilton County schools began with Howard just before 7 a.m. and ended at Silverdale a few minutes before 10 p.m. – 13 schools and 173 miles. ... (click for more)

Three Marion Players On 2A Preseason All-State Team

Marion County's Corey Tucker, Christian Stephens and Alex Kirkendoll have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Class 2A preseason all-state team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Other area players on the team are Tellico Plains' Ryan Bookout, Boyd-Buchanan's Eli Legg and Sweetwater's Bailey Byrum.  Marion County finished as state runner-up ... (click for more)