PITTSBURGH — Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport stopped a 25-year-old Brownsville, Pennsylvania, woman on Thursday morning after she was found carrying a loaded handgun, the agency said.
The black .380 caliber handgun was spotted by the checkpoint X-ray machine within a duffle bag. It was loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber. The woman also carried an extra gun magazine with seven bullets, with six more bullets loose in her carry-on.
Allegheny County police took the weapon before the woman was arrested. TSA agents forwarded the incident to be followed up with the issuance of a federal financial civil penalty.
The woman did not have a valid concealed carry permit. Allegheny County police are filing charges by summons at this time.
The U.S. States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently announced that, in firearm incidents at the checkpoint involving someone with a valid concealed carry permit, they will be requesting county sheriffs to revoke that person’s license for negligence.
As the holidays approach, the TSA stressed the importance of checking luggage to ensure you’re not carrying any prohibited items. Passengers who bring firearms into an airport checkpoint can face federal civil fines from the TSA up to $10,000. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $13,910.