Police arrested an unidentified man at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day after he was found with a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage.
According to a press release Friday from the Transportation Security Administration, the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, man was carrying a 9mm handgun loaded with 13 rounds, one of which was in the chamber. His name and the charges against him were not immediately released.
Thomas Carter, TSA federal security director for New Jersey, said the arrest reflected the vigilance of TSA officers.
“Getting caught and arrested for carrying a loaded gun at our airport means this person had a very bad Thanksgiving,” he said in the organization’s press release. “Our TSA officers are on the job this busy holiday weekend to help others get to their destinations safely and enjoy the holidays with their families and friends. Our teams are staying alert and focused on the mission to ensure this to ensure that prohibited items are not carried. a flight.”
Carter said that in addition to his arrest, the man “could face stiff federal financial civil penalties that could run into the thousands of dollars”.
While passengers are allowed to fly with firearms, there are strict TSA rules for doing so. They must be unloaded and placed in a secure container in checked baggage. Airlines may also have their own requirements. Firearms laws also vary by state and region. The TSA advises travelers to “do your homework” to avoid fines or other penalties.
The suspect is the third passenger arrested this month at Newark Airport for carrying a gun in “accessible property.” This is the 14th such case at the airport in 2022.
In 2021, TSA officers detected 5,972 guns at security checkpoints nationwide. About 86% of the weapons were loaded.