A loaded handgun was found in a Chittenango man's carry-on bag at the Syracuse-Hancock International Airport early Wednesday morning, the busiest travel day of the year.
A Transportation Security Administration Officer at the security checkpoint saw the semi-automoatic weapon in the X-Ray machine. TSA agents stopped the Madison County man, and called Syracuse Police who confiscated the weapon.
Airport operations were not affected. The man was allowed to catch his flight -- without the gun-- which was bound for Albuquerque International Support in New Mexico.
Syracuse Police say he has not been charged.
The TSA reminds travelers passengers may be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport. It's recommended you go through your bags before you get to the airport to make sure you have no illegal things with you. The TSA says passengers are responsible for the contents in their bags in the security checkpoint.
Passengers may review a list of prohibited items on the TSA website, under a "Can I Bring" feature that expands on the TSA's security policies. Travelers are also encouraged to download a mobile app for their smart phones, which also contains the feature.
In some cases, travelers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Those laws vary by state. The TSA encourages travelers to get in touch with the specific airline they're flying with about that airline's policy; Some airlines may have additional specific requirements when it comes to traveling with firearms and ammunition.