CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A South Carolina woman has been charged after she reportedly brought a loaded handgun into the Charlotte Douglas International airport Wednesday.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), officers found the loaded .22 Magnum revolver at security checkpoint A. It was found in her carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine.
The TSA officer contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the woman was questioned and charged with carrying a weapon on airport property.
According to the TSA, officers have found 17 firearms at Charlotte checkpoints this year. They found 68 firearms in Charlotte in 2017.
"There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint," TSA officials said in a release.
"Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage," TSA states on their website. "Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only."
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm on TSA.gov.