TSA finds loaded handgun in passenger’s bag at Memphis International

TSA finds loaded handgun in passenger’s bag at Memphis International
TSA confiscates handgun found in passenger’s carry-on bag (MPD)

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — The Transportation Security Administration seized a loaded gun at the Memphis International Airport on Friday morning.

Around 6 a.m. TSA said they confiscated a passenger’s carry-on luggage that had a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine inside.

Police were immediately alerted and the passenger was ordered to leave the checkpoint, according to reports.

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Firearms that are approved by the airline, properly packaged and unloaded can be transported in checked bags, while they remain prohibited in carry-on bags.

“Even with much lower than normal passenger numbers, we continue to find firearms at a very high rate at security checkpoints,” said Kevin McCarthy, TSA Assistant Federal Security Director for MEM. “Passengers must remember they’re responsible for the contents of bags and our advice is they thoroughly inspect all personal belongings to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items before coming to the airport.”

This is the 36th firearm detected by TSA officers at MEM security checkpoints in 2020. A total of 46 were detected there last year.