Loaded gun found at Memphis International Airport checkpoint

Loaded gun found at Memphis International Airport checkpoint
A gun was found at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint, according to the police. (MEM)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The TSA found a gun at a Memphis International Airport checkpoint on Thursday morning.

At around 5:30 a.m., a handgun discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag. TSA immediately alerted the airport police, who took the bag and escorted the passenger out of the area.

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.

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An airport spokesperson released a statement which said in part:

"TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.

Security is the first 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.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”