The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says its officers intercepted a gun and ammo at the Evansville Airport on Monday.
During the routine screening of carry-on luggage, the TSA says one of its officers spotted the image of the handgun on the X-ray screen. TSA officials immediately told a nearby police officer who then assisted in the situation.
The firearm, which the TSA says was a .38 Special Revolver, was loaded with five rounds.
The TSA says the passenger said that he usually travels by car and forgot to remove the weapon from his bag before leaving for his flight.
“It’s extremely disappointing that passengers continue to bring firearms to the airport checkpoint,” Indiana TSA Federal Security Director Aaron Batt said. “Even when it’s done unintentionally, this is unsafe and can seriously slow or shut down security screening until the police resolve the incident.”
The TSA says that it issues civil penalties to travelers who bring guns to a checkpoint and that a typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100.
We're told this is the fifth weapon confiscated by TSA agents at the Evansville Airport in 2021.
No further information was released on this case specifically. You can find more information on how to properly travel with a firearm on the TSA website.