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.