TSA: Woman becomes first person in 2021 to be caught with loaded gun at airport

TSA: Woman becomes first person in 2021 to be caught with loaded gun at airport
The TSA says airport police were alerted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and arrested the woman. (Source: TSA)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Transportation Security Administration says a woman has become the first person in 2021 to be caught with a loaded gun at Richmond International Airport.

On January 3, TSA officers stopped the woman with a .38 caliber handgun loaded with five bullets among the items in her carry-on bag as it went through the security checkpoint X-ray machine.

The TSA says airport police were alerted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and arrested the woman.

TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns with them at a checkpoint. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100 and can go as high as $13,669 depending on any mitigating circumstances.

This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane.

The complete list of civil penalties is posted online.

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