CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A North Carolina man attempted to bring a loaded handgun on board a plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Tuesday morning. TSA stopped the man as he was going through security.
The incident occurred just after 7 a.m. at Checkpoint A. The man was stopped by TSA officers with a loaded .380 handgun.
TSA Transportation Security Officer Andrew Kanzigg detected the firearm as the man’s carry-on bag passed along the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine. Kanzigg immediately contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, which responded to the checkpoint. The passenger was questioned and cited for carrying a weapon on airport property.
To date, TSA officers have detected 51 firearms at CLT checkpoints this year. TSA found 54 firearms at CLT last year.
"There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter," TSA said.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm on TSA.gov.