CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man was stopped with a loaded handgun at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Monday night, TSA officials say.
The man reportedly showed up at checkpoint C with a loaded Ruger LC9.
A security officer detected the gun in the man's carry-on bag and immediately called police.
The man was questioned and cited for carrying a weapon on airport property.
TSA officials say they have found 63 guns at Charlotte airport checkpoints this year, compared to 54 last year.
"There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way," TSA officials say. "The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint."
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, TSA officials say. Then firearm must additionally be taken to the airline check-in counter.
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