Concealed Handgun Discovered at LaGuardia Airport: A Significant Security Alert

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 2, 2024 00:05 AMNews
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On a regular day of security checks at LaGuardia Airport, a routine operation turned crucial when a handgun and ammunition were artfully concealed in a passenger's carry-on bag. The incident, which occurred on Saturday, April 27, led to the arrest of a Florida woman after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected the hidden items.

Upon inspecting the woman's carry-on items, TSA officers discovered a .25 caliber handgun tucked inside a boot, a gun magazine hidden in a sock, and seven bullets concealed within a makeup wipes package. This discovery marked the fifth such incident at the airport this year, highlighting a persistent security concern.

The arrest was facilitated by the swift response of the Port Authority Police, who were immediately notified by TSA officials. The police confiscated the gun, ammunition, and magazine, charging the woman from Hollywood, Florida, with a weapons violation. This event underscores the vigilance of TSA officers and the effectiveness of the X-ray screening technology that alerted them to the concealed items.

The repercussions for the woman involved are severe, including a substantial civil penalty that could reach up to $15,000. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the stringent policies against carrying weapons through airport security checkpoints and the serious consequences of attempting to conceal such items. Travelers are reminded that firearms are only allowed in checked baggage under strict conditions, which include being unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container.

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