TSA prevents passenger from boarding Charlotte plane with loaded gun, officials say

TSA prevents passenger from boarding Charlotte plane with loaded gun, officials say

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.

Click here for more on how to properly travel with a firearm.

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