A man was arrested today at Palm Beach International Airport after security officers found a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.
The man, whose name was not released, was at the checkpoint in the airport just after 9:30 a.m. when Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded 9mm Kel-Tec in his carry-on bag. TSA then notified airport police who arrested the 70-year-old man, according to a TSA spokeswoman.
The passenger was scheduled to fly on Bahamas Air flight 282 to Marsh Harbour International Airport in the Bahamas.
The man will also face a civil penalty of up to $11,000.
Today’s gun confiscation was the fifth at the airport since January. A total of 16 guns were confiscated at the checkpoint last year.
Unloaded firearms are allowed to be transported in checked luggage as long as the passenger notifies the airline and keeps the gun in a carrying case.
“The last time a traveler may have used a certain suitcase might have been for a road trip,” said Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman with TSA, in a released statement. “So thoroughly search your bags before leaving for the airport. Make sure you are not carrying a gun or other prohibited items.”