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Teen with replica weapon flagged at airport checkpoint

From News Staff Reports

A 16-year-old Youngstown boy was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at a Buffalo Niagara International Airport checkpoint Tuesday with a realistic replica handgun in a carry-on bag.

TSA officers detected the gun in the youth’s bag as it passed through the checkpoint X-ray machine, authorities said.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police said it was an Airsoft gun, not an actual firearm. The youth was cited on a state charge. There was no impact to airport operations, authorities said.

Weapons – or realistic replicas – are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges and civil penalties of as much as $11,000.