SAN ANTONIO – An airline passenger at San Antonio International Airport was arrested and released after Transportation Security Administration officers found two loaded guns inside a carry-on bag.
According to the TSA, the discovery was made around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday during a checkpoint screening in Terminal A.
TSA officials said one of the weapons was a .380-caliber Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 loaded with six rounds. The other was a .357-caliber Taurus revolver loaded with five rounds.
TSA officers immediately alerted airport police, who then took possession of the weapons and arrested the passenger on a state charge. He was later released and was allowed to rebook a flight.
So far this year, 13 firearms have been discovered by TSA officers at checkpoints within the airport, TSA officials said. Last year, they found 36 firearms.
"TSA continues to urge passengers not to bring firearms to TSA security checkpoints," TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said. "Passengers who do so face potential criminal charges from local law enforcement and a civil penalty from TSA."
Ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, are also prohibited at security checkpoints. They can, however, be transported in checked baggage, provided that the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process. Firearms in checked bags must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.
Those who are caught with a firearm at airport security checkpoints face a fine of up to $3,000 if the firearm is loaded and $1,500 if it the gun is not loaded.