A St. Mary's County woman was arrested at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday after security agents discovered a loaded .38-caliber pistol and more than a dozen "loose bullets" in her carry-on bag, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.
Rena Ann Trevett, 51, of Drayden, had placed her bag on a TSA conveyor belt for screening. Agents spotted the gun, which had five rounds in it, and 16 other bullets in the bag and alerted Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the TSA and MdTA said.
Officers who responded about 9:10 a.m. confiscated the pistol and charged Trevett with a state's weapons violation, said 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, a MdTA Police spokesman.
The gun was the 12th discovered at the Anne Arundel County airport so far this year, the TSA said. Nationally, more than 1,900 guns have been found at airport checkpoints this year, compared to 1,813 in all of last year, the TSA said.
Trevett was transported to District Court, appeared before a commissioner, and released on her own recognizance, Green said.
Trevett could not be reached for comment, and did not have an attorney listed in online court records as of Thursday morning.
Airline passengers who wish to transport weapons must properly pack them unloaded in non-carry-on luggage and declare them to their airlines. Those who bring weapons to a TSA checkpoint can face up to $11,000 in civil penalties — on top of criminal charges.