COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at a John Glenn Columbus International Airport Friday morning.
The TSA says the loaded Bersa .380 caliber handgun was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag around 6:30am. Police immediately took possession of the bag and escorted the passenger out of the area.
This is the 19th firearm discovered by TSA officers at the CMH security checkpoint this year. There were 15 guns discovered at CMH checkpoints in all of 2017.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”
The TSA says firearms are allowed in checked baggage as long as they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded. They are never allowed in carry-on bags.