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TSA officers stop woman carrying loaded gun through BWI Monday

TSA officers stop woman carrying loaded gun through BWI Monday.

Transportation Security Administration officers stopped a woman from carrying a loaded gun through security at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday.

Ericka Keith, 45, of Columbus, Ga., was trying to carry the .380 caliber handgun, loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber in her backpack as she entered one of the airport checkpoints, according to TSA and Maryland Transportation Authority Police. She also carried a magazine loaded with five additional bullets.

Police confiscated the firearm and charged Keith with carrying a handgun and interfering with security, an MdTA police spokesman said.

Keith did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition can only be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline, TSA officials said.

Those who attempted firearms through security checkpoints face criminal charges and up to $12,000 in civil penalties from TSA.

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