Man with gun in bag stopped at Charlotte airport

Man with gun in bag stopped at Charlotte airport

CHARLOTTE, NC — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers say they stopped a North Carolina man from bringing a loaded handgun on board a plane at a Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) checkpoint Friday morning.

The man was found with a loaded Beretta .40 caliber pistol in a carry on bag.  The weapon in a backpack was spotted at a checkpoint X-ray machine.

The passenger was questioned and cited for carrying a weapon on airport property.

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TSA says it's found five guns at CLT already this year. It found 68 last year.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm at TSA.gov.

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