Pennsylvania man arrested with loaded gun in carry-on bag at Philadelphia International Airport

Pennsylvania man arrested with loaded gun in carry-on bag at Philadelphia International Airport

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Berks County, Pennsylvania, man tried to bring a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag into Philadelphia International Airport on Monday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA agents cited a Mohnton man Monday in PHL after detecting a .45-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag.

According to the TSA, the gun was loaded with 11 bullets, including one in the chamber.

The TSA said the man faces a federal civil penalty and a criminal citation.

“Bringing a loaded firearm through an airport security checkpoint poses an unnecessary security risk to our officers and other travelers,” Gerardo Spero, TSA’s director of federal airport security, said in a news release. “We have no problem with people properly packing their firearms for a flight. Bringing a loaded handgun through our checkpoints is not the way to do it.”

Spero said the best way to store an unloaded gun is to place it in a locked hard case.

“Then take the suitcase to your airline’s check-in counter and declare that you want to travel with it,” Spero added. “The airline will ensure that it is transported in the hold of the plane so that no one has access to it during the flight. It’s a fairly simple procedure.”

Civil penalties for bringing a firearm through airport security can cost thousands of dollars and lead to arrest, the TSA said.

On Monday, Philadelphia International Airport said it had detected 18 firearms this year at TSA checkpoints. In 2023, the agency set a record with 45 weapons seized.

By Olivia Dunne, CBS News Philadelphia Intern