TSA stops gun at Hopkins airport: ‘Guns are never allowed on flights’

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This handgun was detected by TSA officers in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on Aug. 24. (TSA photo)

CLEVELAND (WJW)– For the 13th time this year, the Transportation Security Administration said its officers prevented a loaded handgun from making its way onboard an airplane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

According to a TSA press release, it happened Tuesday morning around 5 a.m. when officers seized the gun that was loaded with 15 rounds of ammo, and more ammo in the bag.

The passenger, who has a concealed carry permit, said he uses his firearm at work and forgot it was in his bag.

“Gun owners need to know that we mean business when we detect a firearm at a checkpoint,” said Ohio TSA Federal Security Director Donald Barker. “We take it extremely seriously when our officers stop a traveler with a gun or any other prohibited item during the screening process. Guns are never allowed on flights.”

TSA issues civil penalties to travelers who bring guns to a checkpoint.

For a first offense, it’s a $4,100 penalty for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint.

The complete list of civil penalties is on the TSA website.

Passengers can travel with guns in checked bags if they are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the airline check-in counter.

This incident is the fifth time it’s happened in the month of August. A total of 26 firearms were detected at Hopkins airport security checkpoints in 2019, and 18 last year.

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