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TSA finds loaded .45 caliber handgun on Indianapolis airport traveler

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Posted at 1:14 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 13:14:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Officers with the Transportation Security Administration stopped a man Wednesday from carrying a loaded handgun onto an airplane.

At about noon, a TSA officer detected a .45 caliber handgun and magazine in an Alabama man’s carry-on bag. TSA officers alerted the Indianapolis Airport Police Department, and an officer confiscated the weapon.

“During this pandemic, our TSA officers continue to be vigilant to stop weapons like this from boarding planes,” said Indianapolis TSA Federal Security Director Aaron Batt. “All travelers should check and then double check their belongings for prohibited items to help ensure a smooth process through the airport security checkpoints.”

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 other circumstances.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.