The Transportation Security Administration says it discovered a loaded firearm in a traveler's luggage this week.
On Wednesday, a passenger was going through a security checkpoint and TSA agents discovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun in a carry-on bag. Agents alerted law enforcement, and the Omaha Airport Authority Police Department took possession of the gun before interviewing the passenger.
That passenger, who was not identified, was released pending further investigation. The Omaha TSA security director says this serves as a reminder to all passengers going through Eppley Airfleld.
“Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, cannot be carried through any TSA security checkpoint,” said OMA TSA Federal Security Director Paul Ross in a press release. “These items are allowed in checked bags, if declared to the airline and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container.”
This is the tenth firearm discovered in a passenger's luggage at Eppley Airfield this year. According to a TSA press release, the administration can fine a passenger up to $11,000 for bringing a gun to a security checkpoint.