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TSA discovers loaded firearm at Chattanooga Airport

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A loaded .45 caliber pistol was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag. A loaded .45 caliber pistol was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the security checkpoint at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) today.

At around 8:15 a.m. Friday, a loaded .45 caliber pistol was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag.

TSA officers immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger on local charges.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded) they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.

TSA officers at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport have discovered eight firearms in passenger carry-on bags this year. A total of six firearms were found at the airport's checkpoint in 2013.

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