A Pennsylvania man was carrying this loaded .380 Ruger in his bag at a checkpoint in BWI. (credit: TSA)

A Pennsylvania man was carrying this loaded .380 Ruger in his bag at a checkpoint in BWI. (credit: TSA)

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Pennsylvania man was stopped at a checkpoint at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport this morning after an officer noticed a handgun in the man’s bag, the Transportation Security Administration says.

The man’s carry-on bag was going through an X-ray machine when a TSA officer saw the loaded .380 Ruger in the bag and confiscated the gun.

The unidentified man — who was traveling to Nashville, TN — was arrested on a state weapons charge.

“TSA screens approximately 32,000 passengers and their carry-on bags each day at BWI, and our TSA officers remain focused on threats to the traveling public,” Andrea Mishoe, TSA’s Federal Security Director at BWI, said.

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be put in checked bags if passengers contact the airline and the gun is unloaded and properly packed, according to TSA.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.

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