A Delaware woman was arrested with a loaded handgun at a security checkpoint at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday — the third gun Transportation Security Administration officers have found in carry-on baggage in the last five days at the airport, officials said.
Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested the woman, who lives in Smyrna, Del., and confiscated the loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber.
The woman, who was ticketed to fly to Columbus, Ohio, told TSA agents that she'd overlooked the firearm while cleaning out her handbag.
On Thursday, police arrested a Gwynn Oak man after he was caught carrying a loaded .38 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag at one of the security checkpoints. The man, who was ticketed to fly to Las Vegas, claimed that he didn't know that the had a gun in his carry-on bag and also told police that the bag did not belong to him, TSA officials said.
The Maryland Transportation Authority police responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested the man.
On Sunday, a Delaware man was arrested after he was caught carrying a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag at an airport checkpoint. The man was ticketed to fly to Toronto and told police that he forgot that the gun was in the bag, TSA officials said. Police confiscated and arrested that man as well.
Guns, gun parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on luggage, but they can be brought aboard a plane in checked luggage if they are unloaded, properly packed and delcared to the airline, TSA said in a statement. Passengers who bring a firearm to a security checkpoint are subject to criminal charges and fines of up to $12,000.
The Baltimore Sun Media Group contributed to this article.