Charlotte Airport TSA stops man with loaded gun at checkpoint

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers at the Charlotte Airport stopped a man from bringing a loaded handgun on board a plane Tuesday morning.

David Stophel was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a loaded .40 caliber handgun. The gun and ammunition were detected as Stophel was passing through the airport checkpoint.

The TSA officers detected the firearm as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the Stophel's carry-on bag. TSA officers contacted CMPD, who responded to the checkpoint.

Stophel was questioned and arrested on a local charge of carrying a firearm on airport property.

Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition. These details can change depending on the airline you travel with.