A 17-year-old New Jersey resident was arrested by police after Transportation Security Administration officers at Philadelphia International Airport detected a 9 mm handgun loaded with 11 bullets, including one in the chamber, in his carry-on bag on June 11.
The gun was spotted by a TSA officer when it appeared on the checkpoint X-ray monitor. It was located in a book bag. TSA contacted the Philadelphia Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and detained the young man, a resident of Newark, N.J., for questioning before arresting him on a weapons violation. The minor was traveling with his parents and his father accompanied him to the police station.
The youth told officials that he took the book bag from his ex-girlfriend’s car and said he did not realize that the gun was in the bag.
Days later, A Berks County, Pa., man was stopped at the same airport when TSA officers detected a .357 caliber handgun in a man’s carry-on bag along with five loose bullets on June 16.
TSA officials notified the local police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and detained the man, a resident of Wernersville, Pa., for questioning prior to citing him on weapons charges.