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TSA agents find gun in man's carry-on bag at Hopkins

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 16:02:36-05

CLEVELAND — A man going through a security checkpoint was arrested Monday after Transportation Security Administration agents found a gun in his luggage.

It happened Monday around 10:20 a.m. at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. According to the TSA, the gun was in the man’s carry-on bag. It was loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

The traveler told authorities that he forgot the gun was in his bag, the TSA said.

Agents alerted Cleveland police to the incident. Having a gun in a carry-on bag carries a civil fine of $4,100 for a first offense.

“Travelers need to know the contents of their carry-on items, and forgetting about a loaded weapon in your bag is no excuse,” said Ohio TSA Federal Security Director Donald Barker. “Passengers are allowed to travel with their firearms and ammunition as long as they follow the proper procedures.”

The incident marked the 2nd time a gun has been recovered at the Cleveland airport this year. Eighteen guns were recovered at Cleveland checkpoints last year, according to the TSA.

You are allowed to travel with a firearm, but it must be kept in checked baggage in a locked hard case packed separately from ammunition. The gun must be declared at the airline check-in counter.

CLICK HERE to see a list items that are prohibited from being brought in carry-on luggage.

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