Loaded handgun found on airport passenger

Pittsburgh — A Beaver County woman was caught with a .22 caliber handgun loaded with five bullets at the Pittsburgh International Airport security checkpoint on Thursday.

A Transportation Security Officer spotted the handgun as the woman’s carry-on items passed through the checkpoint X-ray machine. The Allegheny County Police were notified and confiscated the weapon.

The woman now faces federal fines and penalties.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared at their airline ticket counter. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.