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TSA discovers loaded firearm in carry-on bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

September 25, 2018

TSA discovers loaded firearm in carry-on bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm Tuesday morning at a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport checkpoint, according to TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell. 

TSA agents about 6 a.m. Tuesday discovered a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag, Howell said. The agents alerted airport police, who confiscated the weapon and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint. 

Officers detained a 53-year-old Akron man who said he forgot the weapon was in his bag, according to Cleveland police. He was released. 

“While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags,” Howell said in a press release.

This is the 16th firearm discovered by TSA officers at a CLE security checkpoint in 2018, Howell said. A total of 19 firearms were found in 2017.

“Security is the primary concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to bring a prohibited item onto an aircraft,” Howell said. 

Howell added that passengers are responsible for the contents of their bags, so TSA advises a thorough search of bags coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. 

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