CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A South Carolina woman has been arrested after she was caught attempting to bring a loaded handgun on board a plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
The incident occurred at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Checkpoint A. The woman, identified as Shannon Callahan, was stopped by TSA officers with a loaded .22 Magnum revolver.
TSA agents found the firearm as the woman’s carry-on bag passed along the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were immediately contacted. Callahan was questioned and arrested on a local charge of carrying a weapon on airport property.
To date, TSA officers have detected 17 firearms at CLT checkpoints this year. TSA found 68 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, according to TSA. 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.