By the edhat staff
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer discovered another firearm inside a traveler’s carry-on luggage at the Santa Barbara Airport last week.
Around noon on Thursday, June 29, a routine X-ray screening at the airport’s security checkpoint discovered a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun. An additional magazine loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition was also located inside the carry-on.
Once the TSA officer discovered the gun, the passenger and the bag were escorted out of the checkpoint area by law enforcement.
The male traveler was reportedly ticketed to fly direct to the Denver International Airport.
Fines for traveling with a loaded firearm in a carry-on bag can range from $2,000 to nearly $15,000.
This was the third time this year that officers discovered a firearm in carry-on luggage at the Santa Barbara Airport, according to the TSA. The previous incidents occurred on March 7 and May 23. All three incidents involved loaded guns.
Two firearms were discovered at the airport’s security checkpoint in 2022.
Even if a traveler has a concealed weapons permit, firearms are not permitted in carry-on luggage.
Firearms can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and placed in checked baggage.