TSA finds loaded gun in passenger's carry-on bag at Alabama airport

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded gun at a security checkpoint in the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Thursday morning.

Around 5 a.m., agents discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in a passenger's carry-on bag. TSA alerted police who took the bag and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area. 

Firearms may be transported in checked baggage if they are in a proper carrying case and are unloaded. However, guns are prohibited in carry-on bags. 

This is the 13th firearm discovered at the Birmingham Airport this year. 

For more information on the civil penalties, you could face for trying to bring a firearm on an airplane, click here

For a full list of prohibited items, click here

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