A Logan County man was cited on a weapons charge Saturday, after Transportation Security Administration officers at Yeager Airport in Charleston found a loaded handgun in one of his carry-on bags.
Officers said they detected the .38 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on as he was going through the security checkpoint. The gun had five bullets in it. The man told agents that he forgot he had the gun with him.
TSA officers contacted the Yeager Airport Police, who responded and took the gun. Police cited the man on a state weapons charge. He was ticketed to fly to Washington Dulles International Airport.
TSA officers remind passengers that they are responsible for what they bring in their bags to the security checkpoint. They said anyone traveling through airport security should look through their bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to ensure there are no illegal or prohibited items inside.
Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags, but they can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed, and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.
Travelers should contact the airline they are flying with regarding policies on firearm and ammunition carriage.