MILWAUKEE – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport have prevented the boarding of three handguns on planes during the Thanksgiving travel period, a statement said Monday (Nov. 29).
The first incident happened on Saturday, November 20. TSA officers detected the weapon in the checkpoint x-ray machine at around 11:20 a.m. An assistant from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the checkpoint and escorted the passenger to the substation. The Taurus Spectrum .380 firearm was loaded with six rounds in the magazine.
On Monday, November 22, another firearm was caught around 3 p.m. The firearm was unloaded and the passenger stated that she intended to check the firearm but forgot to move it in the checked bag. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office responded again at the checkpoint and the passenger was cited.
On Thursday, November 25, at around 6:30 a.m., TSA agents also detected a firearm in the carry-on baggage of a passenger. The Glock 19 .40 caliber firearm was loaded with 15 rounds and one chamber. The passenger has been cited.
“During this holiday season, passengers can be grateful to local and national TSA officers who remain focused on their mission of keeping security threats off an aircraft,” said Mark Lendvay, director of security Federal TSA of Wisconsin. “Bringing a firearm in hand luggage is always a mistake, and I urge all travelers to properly pack their firearms before going to the airport. “
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