A Hudson man is facing a state weapons charge after he allegedly tried to board a plane at Albany International Airport with a handgun in his carry-on bag, according to a news release issued today.
Transportation Security Administration officers stopped the man Monday morning after another officer who was manning the X-ray machine checkpoint spotted the handgun in his bag. The Albany County Sheriff’s Department responded and confiscated the gun — a .22 Ruger Single Six — which was unloaded.
TSA screens between 2,500 and 4,000 passengers and their carry-on bags a day at Albany International Airport. Last year, they stopped 1,813 firearms at checkpoints across the nation — the highest total in a single year since the agency began tracking firearms at airports.
Weapons (firearms, parts and ammunition) are allowed on planes so long as they are in checked bags, unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Otherwise, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from local law enforcement, as well as civil penalties from TSA.
TSA uses imaging technology to screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing. X-ray technology is used to screen all carry-on baggage.
As a reminder, the TSA is encouraging airline passengers to visit their website on how to properly travel with a firearm.