Ohio airport agents find unloaded gun in carry-on

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an unloaded gun was found in the carry-on luggage of a Florida-bound passenger flying out of a central Ohio airport.

A statement from a Transportation Security Administration spokesman says agents found the handgun Wednesday morning in the luggage of a passenger traveling from Port Columbus International Airport to Fort Lauderdale.

The spokesman says the passenger was cited for criminal trespassing. The passenger's name was not released.

The TSA says travelers who bring such firearms to security checkpoints can face criminal and civil penalties and potentially thousands of dollars in fines.

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