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Woman Caught At BWI With Starter Pistol

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This starter pistol was stopped at a BWI checkpoint by TSA officers on Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy: TSA.)

This starter pistol was stopped at a BWI checkpoint by TSA officers on Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy: TSA.)

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LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) —  A Florida woman was stopped at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday after the officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine spotted a gun in the woman’s carry-on bag. 

TSA contacted Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded and determined that the gun was actually a starter pistol, which is a realistic replica of a handgun. Police removed the pistol from the carry-on bag and allowed the woman to catch her flight to Connecticut.

In an unrelated incident, a woman expected to fly from Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport  was stopped at the checkpoint by TSA officers who detected a stun gun in her carry-on bag. The woman from Crisfield was ticketed to fly to Philadelphia. Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department responded and removed the stun gun from the woman’s bag. The woman missed her flight and left the airport with the stun gun.

Weapons—including realistic replica firearms—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.

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