Guns Found in Carry-On Bags at D.C.-Area Airports

UPDATED: April 9, 2014 3:43 p.m.

LINTHICUM, Md. — Authorities say two men were recently arrested in separate cases at Washington-area airports after loaded handguns were found in their carry-on bags at security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that a man was stopped Sunday morning at a checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport when an officer operating an X-ray machine spotted the gun in his bag.

On Sunday afternoon, TSA says an officer operating an X-ray machine at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport stopped a Virginia man ticketed to fly to Salt Lake City when a gun was spotted in his bag. TSA says the gun was loaded with seven rounds with one in the chamber.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say 36-year-old Ryan Watson of Stafford, Va., was charged with interfering with security procedures and wearing, carrying or transporting a handgun.

In both cases, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the men said they didn’t know the guns were there, but passengers are responsible for the contents of their bags.

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