CHARLESTON, WV (REPORT BY: WCHS/WVAH) — A .38 caliber revolver loaded with five bullets was detected Friday morning in a woman’s carry-on bag at Yeager Airport in Kanawha County, the Transportation Security Administration said.
The gun was found by a TSA officer, who spotted the firearm in the checkpoint X-ray machine, according to a news release from the federal agency.
The woman who had the gun drove to West Virginia for business and was ticketed to fly back home to Missouri. She told officials that she forgot that she had a loaded gun with her. TSA officials notified the Yeager Airport Police, who responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the gun.
When an individual shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until the police resolve the incident. Guns at checkpoints can delay travelers from getting to their gates.
Two days earlier, on Wednesday, a woman was also caught with a loaded .38 caliber revolver at Morgantown Municipal Airport by TSA officers there.
Individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement.
Even travelers with concealed carry permits are not allowed to bring guns past TSA checkpoints.
In addition, TSA has the authority to access civil penalties of up to $13,000. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.