Passenger stopped at Portland jetport security checkpoint after gun allegedly found in luggage

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 29, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland International Jetport passenger was stopped at a security checkpoint Thursday when a firearm was reportedly discovered in his carry-on luggage.

The passenger, a 51-year-old man, was stopped about 10:30 a.m., according to Michael McCarthy, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.

While the man may not face criminal charges, he will face a fine of between $1,500 and $11,000, according to McCarthy. The man was headed to Atlanta.

The weapon was a 32-caliber firearm, the spokesman said. He added that this is the fourth time this year a weapon has been discovered in a carry-on bag at the Portland Jetport.

McCarthy said airline passengers are allowed to place weapons in checked baggage, provided it is not loaded and is cleared with the airline, but weapons are prohibited in carry-on baggage.

He said passengers should be aware of these regulations before heading to the airport.

“It slows down the screening process for everybody else,” he said.