CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A passenger at the Charleston International Airport was arrested Friday after Transportation Safety Administration employees found a loaded gun in a carry-on bag.
A TSA spokesman says the handgun, a Glock .40 caliber pistol, was found at that airport at approximately 9 a.m., and TSA employees immediately notified airport police, who arrested the passenger on state charges.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," TSA spokesman Mark Howell said. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."
In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from the TSA, Howell said. Fines range from between $3,000 and $7,500 for loaded firearms discovered in carry-on luggage in a security checkpoint, according TSA policy.
Howell said it is the fifth firearm found at security checkpoints by TSA officers at Charleston's airport this year. Five firearms were found at CHS checkpoints in 2013, Howell said.
Firearms may be transported in checked bags if they are declared to the airline, are housed in a proper carrying case and are unloaded, TSA policy states. Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags.