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.

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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.

 

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