TSA: Man Busted With Loaded Handgun At Lehigh Valley Airport

A pistol loaded with seven bullets was confiscated by a man at the security checkpoint at Lehigh Valley International Airport Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration said.

TSA officials discovered the loaded gun in the Lehighton resident’s carry-on bag and alerted airport authority police, who arrived at the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested the unidentified man, the administration said.

The man is charged with disorderly conduct for closing the checkpoint and faces federal civil penalties of up to $ 10,000, TSA said.

Guns can be carried on a flight if they are unloaded, packed in a locked hard sided suitcase and reported to the airline.

The airline will be sure that the gun travels with checked baggage in the belly of the aircraft and never in the cabin of the aircraft. In addition, replica firearms are prohibited in hand luggage and must also be carried in checked baggage.

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