An East Aurora man caught with a 9 mm gun tucked into his laptop case on Monday became the third person this month to be stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers from bringing a loaded handgun onto a airplane at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The man, whose identity was not released, was cited by Niagara Transportation Authority Police following the incident. A TSA officer spotted the gun in the checkpoint x-ray machine. It was the third gun that TSA officers have intercepted so far this year – all this month. Only two firearms were detected at the airport during all of 2015.
Firearms, their parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on luggage, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded and properly packed, and only if they are declared in advance to the airline. Violators are subject to criminal charges and a maximum of $11,000 in civil penalties levied by the TSA.