TSA Discovers Loaded Firearm at Des Moines International Airport

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

At approximately 10 a.m., TSA found a .38 caliber Special Ruger firearm, loaded with five rounds, in a passenger’s carry-on bag during checkpoint screening. Per standard procedure, TSA alerted law enforcement. The Des Moines Police Department responded, took possession of the weapon and interviewed the passenger, who was later allowed to rebook a flight.

“Firearms and ammunition, along with firearm parts and realistic replicas, cannot be carried through any TSA security checkpoint,” said TSA Iowa Federal Security Director David Dailey. “These items are allowed in checked bags, if declared to the airline and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container.”

This is the fifth firearm discovered during checkpoint security screening at the airport this year. Nationwide, TSA officers have found more than 2,020 firearms at airport security checkpoints so far this year.

TSA has the authority to levy a civil penalty of up to $11,000 against a passenger who brings a firearm to the checkpoint