Huntsville Airport TSA confiscates loaded pistol from passenger at security checkpoint

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Transportation Security Administration confiscated a loaded firearm from a passenger at the security checkpoint this morning at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV).

At around 4:45 a.m. on Monday, while moving through security, a loaded Phoenix Arms. 25 caliber pistol was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.

Firearms are allowed to be transported in checked baggage as long as they follow specific guidelines– they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case, and unloaded. However, they are NOT allowed in carry-on bags.

Keeping passengers safe is the main mission of the TSA, and having prohibited items in bags can be dangerous for yourself and other passengers, and can be mistaken as an intentional attempt to bring a dangerous item onto the airplane.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

This is the 11th firearm discovered at the security checkpoint by TSA officers at HSV in 2016. A total of two were found at HSV last year.