Loaded gun found in passenger’s luggage during X-ray screening at Detroit Metro Airport

ROMULUS, Mich. – A loaded gun was found in a passenger’s luggage during X-ray screening at Detroit Metro Airport security.

TSA officials said the discovery was made Thursday (Jan. 26). An agent spotted a handgun on the X-ray screen while checking carry-on luggage. It was determined that the gun was loaded.

Wayne County Airport Police were called, and the traveler was cited, they said.

“Our TSA officers continue to do an outstanding job detecting these weapons, but any time dangerous items are presented in the checkpoint, we have serious safety concerns for all in the area, and the resolution disrupts the screening process for the passengers waiting behind the offender,” said Michigan TSA Federal Security Director Steve Lorincz. “Individuals who own firearms should familiarize themselves with regulations regarding where their weapons can and cannot be carried.”

This is the seventh gun found at DTW so far this year. There were 100 guns detected at DTW security checkpoints in 2022, and 94 in 2021.

TSA announced last month that the penalty for bringing weapons to the airport has been heightened. Fines can reach as high as $14,950, with the final amount being determined by TSA, based on the circumstances.

PreCheck eligibility is revoked for at least five years when passengers are caught in possession of a gun, officials said.

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