PITTSBURGH, PA- On Monday morning, TSA officers found a loaded 9mm handgun in a passenger’s backpack at the Main Security Checkpoint of Pittsburgh International Airport.
They then alerted Allegheny County Police of their finding.
“Police were able to determine that the 54 year old male passenger from Venetia, PA, did not possess a valid concealed carry permit and was subsequently arrested by Allegheny County Police,” according to police.
The suspect is facing a charge of carrying a firearm without a license. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and the firearm is in the possession of the local Police.
“Passengers who bring firearms to an airport checkpoint can face federal civil fines from the Transportation Security Administration up to $10,000,” investigators stated. “Repeat offenders can be fined up to $13,910.”