TSA finds loaded handgun in carry-on bag at Columbus airport

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Officers with the Transportation Security Administration prevented a passenger from bringing a loaded handgun on board a plane at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

The incident happened Sunday just before 6 p.m., according to TSA officials.

A TSA officer spotted a loaded Ruger LCP .380 handgun as a man’s carry-on bag passed along the conveyor belt in the checkpoint X-ray machine.

The officer immediately contacted the Columbus Regional Airport Authority Police Department to respond to the situation.

The man was detained by airport police and questioned, but allowed to get on his flight without the firearm after it was determined to be unintentional.

Officials say TSA officers have found 11 firearms at checkpoints at the airport this year. They found 15 firearms last year.

TSA is reminding travelers to check their website for guidelines on how to properly travel with a firearm.

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