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TSA agents find loaded .45 caliber handgun in carry-on luggage at airport

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The recovered Glock semi-automatic handgun and ammo. TSA photo The recovered Glock semi-automatic handgun and ammo. TSA photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Agents from the Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport checkpoint Monday morning.

The loaded .45 caliber Glock model 30 semi-automatic handgun was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

TSA alerted police, who took possession of the firearm and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.

Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

This marks the fourth firearm discovered at the security checkpoint by TSA officers at CHA in 2016. A total of ten were found there in 2015.

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.

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