Man caught with gun at Dulles Airport checkpoint

TSA officers found this loaded gun in the carry-on bag of a Centreville, Virginia, man on Sunday at one of Dulles International Airport. (Courtesy Transportation Security Administration)

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A Fairfax County man has been cited by police after trying to bring a loaded gun through a security checkpoint at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says officers detected the handgun with five rounds of ammunition in the man’s carry-on bag Sunday. Airport police confiscated the weapon and cited the man on a state weapons charge.

The TSA says there was no impact to airport operations. The man was allowed to board his flight.

This is the third gun TSA officers have detected at checkpoints this calendar year.

The agency says passengers are allowed to travel with guns only in their checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared. Passengers who bring guns to security checkpoints could face criminal charges and penalties up to $11,000.

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