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Albion woman cited for bringing loaded handgun through TSA checkpoint at airport

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A woman from Albion was cited by TSA officers after she was found with a loaded handgun while going through a security checkpoint at the Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. (Photo: TSA)

PHILADELPHIA (WHAM) - A woman from Albion was cited by TSA officers after she was found with a loaded handgun while going through a security checkpoint at the Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday.

TSA officers said the .22 handgun was loaded with eight bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber. The gun was spotted in the checkpoint's X-ray machine.

Officers detained the woman, whose name was not released.

“This gun was caught by our TSA officers just one day after the nation observed the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our homeland,” said William Myers, TSA’s Assistant Federal Security Director at the Philadelphia International Airport .

The woman faces a potential $4,100 first-time fine.

Firearms can be brought on flight as long as they are checked in a bag and declared at the ticket counter, unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Even if travelers have concealed gun carry permits, they are not allowed to carry a firearm on a plane.

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