ROMULUS (WWJ) – A passenger at Detroit Metro Airport is arrested after officials said they found a loaded revolver in his carry-on bag.
The Transportation Security Administration said it happened at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to officials, nearly four firearms are found daily at security checkpoints nationwide — and most of them are brought accidentally.
Firearms are allowed in checked baggage if they are properly declared and packaged. But they are not allowed on carry-on baggage.
“Transportation Security Officers are dedicated to ensuring that dangerous items do not make their way onto aircraft,” said Bob Ball, TSA DTW Federal Security Director, in a news release. “Travelers should makes sure to check their bags for any prohibited items before leaving for the airport.”
TSA officials say passengers bringing firearms or illegal items to the security checkpoint can face both criminal and civil penalties. Other prohibited items, such as knives, can slow down the security checkpoint process for not only the passenger with the item but for other travelers.
The name of the passenger arrested on Tuesday was not immediately released.