Bring gun as a carry-on, get arrested

TSA reported finding this handgun in a New Canaan passenger’s carry-on baggage at JFK Airport, July 7, 2014. (Photo: TSA)

NEW YORK, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Canaan man told TSA agent he forgot he was carrying a .22 caliber pistol in his carry-on luggage for a flight to Aruba Monday, authorities said.

The man, who was not immediately identified by the TSA, was arrested Monday morning at JFK airport in New York, the TSA said. The handgun was found when the passenger’s bag was scanned at the security checkpoint.

When the gun was spotted, the TSA said it contacted Port Authority Police, who arrested the man and confiscated the gun.

In a statement the TSA said:

As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.

The passenger faces a New York state weapons charge.

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