The Transportation Security Administration discovered a firearm at the checkpoint at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 3:46 p.m., a loaded 9mm Ruger LC-9 pistol was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
Airport police were alerted, then escorted the passenger from the sterile area and confiscated the firearm and ammunition. Local law enforcement in Chattanooga issued a citation to the passenger.
This is the first firearm discovery in 2014 at the checkpoint in Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.
While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport. Safety is the first concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to carry a prohibited item onto an aircraft.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark J. Howell, TSA spokesman. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”
In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA:
For more information about the TSA prohibited items, please follow this link: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
For more information about TSA, visit its web site at www.tsa.gov.