LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ)–An Annandale, Va., boy was stopped at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday after a TSA officer spotted a pellet gun in his carry-on bag.
TSA contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded, confiscated the air-powered pellet gun and permitted him to catch his flight to Germany.
There was no impact to airport operations.
Weapons—including realistic replica firearms such as pellet guns and air guns—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring any type of firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
TSA has a free downloadable app called “MyTSA” that has a handy tool that allows users to type in an item in the “Can I bring my ____?” feature. That feature lets travelers know if their item can be packed in carry-on baggage or checked baggage.