TSA officers stop passenger with 2 loaded handguns at RDU

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two loaded handguns were found inside a passenger’s luggage as it was being screened Tuesday morning at RDU International Airport, officials said.

Around 7 a.m., TSA officers at the Precheck Checkpoint located the weapons in the traveler’s bag.

The Transportation Security Administration said a total of nine guns have been found at RDU this year. A total of 54 were located in 2016, the TSA said.

TSA Precheck travelers will lose their Precheck benefits for two years if they are caught at a checkpoint with a gun.

Unloaded guns are allowed to be kept in checked baggage if they are kept in a hard-side case, locked case. The weapon must be packed separate from ammunition, the TSA said.

A passenger must take the firearm to the check-in counter for declaration procedures.

More information on properly traveling with a firearm can be found here.

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