BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man was arrested at BWI airport early Friday after Transportation Security Administration officers say they caught him carrying a handgun at a security checkpoint.

The man, who was headed to Cancun, Mexico, was carrying a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in his carry-on bag, officials say. He told officials that he forgot that he was carrying it.

TSA officers detected the gun as the man entered the TSA checkpoint and placed his carry-on items on the x-ray conveyor belt.

TSA officers then contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on weapons charges.

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here:

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