TSA: Sewickley man had loaded handgun in bag at Pittsburgh airport

Monday, November 19, 2018 | 8:57 AM

A Sewickley man was stopped Nov. 17 by Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport when they detected a loaded handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.

The man, whom authorities didn’t immediately identify, was stopped at the checkpoint with the .380 caliber handgun, which was loaded with six bullets. It marked the 30th handgun stopped at one of the airport’s checkpoints so far this calendar year. In 2017, TSA officers at PIT Airport caught 37 firearms at the checkpoint.

TSA contacted the Allegheny County Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and detained the man for questioning. He faces a civil penalty from TSA for bringing the gun to the checkpoint. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.

Even travelers with concealed carry permits are not allowed to bring guns past TSA checkpoints, according to a TSA news release.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-487-7208, [email protected] or via Twitter @TribDavidson.