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Brooklyn man flees JFK Airport after TSA detects loaded gun in his carry-on bag

#Authorities say a man fled #John F. #Kennedy #International #Airport after #Transportation #Security #Administration (TSA) officers caught a 9 mm handgun loaded with seven bullets in his carry-on bag #Monday.

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#As the man’s carry-on bag was being screened at the checkpoint, TSA officers spotted the gun on the X-ray machine’s monitor and called for the man to step aside, at which time he fled.

#Police were alerted and determined that the man ran out of the terminal and jumped into a taxi. #Police confiscated the man’s carry-on bag with the gun.

TSA has the identity of the man because when he fled, he left behind his small pull-handle carry-on bag, a duffle bag, his shoes, a vest, some cash, his #New #York #State learner’s permit, his passport and his boarding pass.

A resident of #Brooklyn, #New #York, the man was ticketed to fly to #Atlanta with several companions. #Officials interviewed the man’s traveling companions before allowing them to catch their flight.

A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a TSA checkpoint is $4,100. The penalty can go as high as $13,000, depending on mitigating circumstances, and this individual did not cooperate with authorities when he was caught with a gun. #Civil penalties for weapons brought to the airport applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. #If that traveler is a TSA #PreCheck member, that person will lose TSA #PreCheck status for a period of time.

TSA is reminding passengers that they are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. #Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. The case must be taken to the airline check-in counter to declare the gun. #It will then be placed in the belly of the airplane for transport.

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