Man with loaded gun in carry-on arrested at Newark airport on Thanksgiving

Man with loaded gun in carry-on arrested at Newark airport on Thanksgiving

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An unidentified man was arrested by police on Thanksgiving Day after he was found with a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

The man, who was from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was carrying a 9mm handgun, loaded with 13 bullets, including one in the chamber, according to a press release Friday from the Transportation Security Administration. His name and the charges against him were not immediately released.

Thomas Carter, TSA federal security director for New Jersey, said that arrest showed the vigilance of TSA officers.

“Getting caught with and arrested for carrying a loaded gun at our airport means this individual had a pretty bad Thanksgiving,” he said in the organization’s press release. “Our TSA officers will be on the job this holiday weekend to ensure others can safely reach their destinations and enjoy the holiday with their families and friends. Our team is focused and vigilant to ensure that prohibited items are not brought on board a flight.

A loaded handgun was found in a passenger’s carry-on luggage by the TSA on Nov. 24, 2022, at Newark airport in New Jersey.

Transportation Security Administration

In addition to his arrest, the man faces a “stiff federal financial civil penalty that could run into thousands of dollars,” Carter said.

While travelers are allowed to fly with firearms, there are strict TSA rules for doing so. They must be unloaded, and then placed in a safe container in the checked baggage. Other requirements may be set by airlines. Firearm possession laws can vary from one state to the next. To avoid any fines or other penalties, the TSA advises passengers to “do their homework”.

The suspect is the third passenger to have been arrested this month at Newark airport for carrying a gun in “accessible property.” It’s the 14th such case at the airport in 2022.

In 2021, TSA officers detected 5,972 guns at security checkpoints nationwide. About 86% of the weapons were loaded.

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