CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Transportation Security Administration say agents discovered a loaded firearm at a Charleston International Airport checkpoint Friday morning.
At 11:30 a.m., a loaded 9 mm handgun was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag.
Officials say TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger on state charges.
According to the TSA, 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.
The 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.
"Safety 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," a press release by the TSA stated.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."
This is the first firearm discovered at a security checkpoint by TSA officers at CHS this year. A total of nine firearms were found at CHS checkpoints in 2014.