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Man arrested with loaded hand gun at BWI Airport

A man was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Sunday after a loaded hand gun was located inside his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The gun with seven rounds in it, one of them in the chamber, was spotted by a TSA agent in the man's carry-on luggage as it passed through a security X-ray machine, the TSA said.

The agent called Maryland Transportation Authority police, who responded about 4:30 p.m., confiscated the gun and arrested the man — identified as Ryan Watson, 36, of Stafford, Va. — on a state weapons charge, according to 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, a MdTA Police spokesman.

Watson was ticketed to fly to Salt Lake City, TSA officials said. He could not be reached for comment.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags. To transport firearms, passengers must pack them unloaded in a locked, hard-side case separate from ammunition and in luggage intended to be checked, and declare them to their airline.

In a separate incident on Monday, a woman wanted on an arrest warrant tried to board a flight using fake identification, and was also arrested by MdTA Police about 1:30 p.m., the TSA said.

The woman, identified as Shanae Washington, 22, of District Heights, was wanted on a Maryland State Police warrant for failure to appear at trial, said Green.

Washington, who could not be reached for comment, was also issued a criminal citation for using a fraudulent identification card, Green said.

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