Two men arrested at area airports for carrying loaded handguns in their carry-on baggage

(WJLA) - In two separate incidents, two men were arrested at area airports after TSA officers spotted loaded handguns in their carry-on bags.

In the first incident, a Virginia man was caught with a handgun in his carry-on bag at Reagan National Airport on Sunday.

According to a Transportation Security Agency spokesperson, officers at a security checkpoint on April 6 spotted the handgun in the man's carry-on bag through the X-ray machine.

TSA contacted the MWAA Police who responded, confiscated the loaded .380 caliber handgun, and cited the Stafford, Va. man on a weapons charge. The firearm was loaded with six rounds, with one in the chamber.

In a second incident, also on Sunday, April 6, a man was arrested at Baltimore airport after an X-ray machine detected a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag. The gun was loaded with seven rounds, including one in the chamber. The man was reportedly ticketed to fly to Salt Lake City.

Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

TSA officials said passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Passengers should note that individual airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should contact the airline they are flying with to verify firearm and ammunition carriage policies before traveling.

Also at Baltimore airport this past weekend, a passenger was arrested after he presented fake identification to a TSA officer at a checkpoint. It was determined that the man had a warrant out for his arrest.