TSA officers find loaded handgun in carry-on bag at Detroit Metro Airport

ROMULUS, me. A loaded 9mm pistol was found in the hand luggage of a male traveler at Detroit Metro Airport on Monday by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

The TSA said officers immediately contacted Wayne County Airport police officers, who removed the traveler from the area and confiscated the gun.

“Our distinguished TSA officers prevented this firearm from entering the security area of ​​the airport,” said Steve Lorincz, Detroit’s TSA Federal Security Director. “Passengers traveling with firearms should ensure that they are properly packed in their checked baggage while doing so.”

As a reminder to travelers: The TSA reserves the right to civilly penalize travelers who carry weapons and weapon parts with them at a checkpoint. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun at a checkpoint is $ 4,100 and can be as high as $ 13,669 depending on aggravating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without a concealed weapon permit, because although a person may have a concealed weapon permit, it is not possible to carry a firearm on an airplane. The full list of civil penalties is posted online. If a traveler with a weapon is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that person will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.


Passengers may travel with firearms in their checked baggage if they have been unloaded, packed separately from the ammunition in a sealed hardcover case and declared at the airline’s check-in counter.

The TSA has posted details on how to properly travel with a firearm on their website. Travelers should also check with their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

Related: TSA reports the highest number of guns found at airport security checkpoints in 2019

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