By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
9:52 AM EDT, September 17, 2013
A Puerto Rican woman was charged with a weapons violation at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport after security officials located a pink stun gun in her carry-on bag, according to local authorities.
The Transportation Security Administration, which screened the woman, said a small pocket knife was also located in her bag.
However, the Maryland Transportation Authority, which responded and charged 56-year-old Carmen Luz Pineiro Roman, said it has no record of the knife.
First Sgt. Jonathan Green, a MdTA Police spokesman, said officers responded to a domestic concourse about 6:37 a.m. and issued Roman a criminal citation — the result of a lesser weapon violation.
Green said records of the incident do not indicate a knife being found. "It must have been so small that it didn't qualify for us to charge her," he said.
The TSA said Roman had brought the stun gun and knife in her checked baggage when she flew in from Puerto Rico, which is allowed. Such weapons are not allowed in carry-on baggage.
"She should have packed them in her checked baggage for her trip home," the TSA said.
After accepting the citation, Roman was allowed to proceed on her flight back to Puerto Rico, without the weapons, TSA officials said.
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