CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - A man from Batavia faces charges for bringing a loaded gun to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Friday.
Transportation Security Administration officials say a TSA officer spotted the loaded .380 caliber handgun in the man's carry-on bag via the security checkpoint x-ray machine. The gun was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber.
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) police responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the weapon.
The man was cited for weapons charges. Police and TSA officials did not release his name.
Airport operations were not affected.
"Carrying a loaded handgun to an airport checkpoint is unacceptable, and should not happen," said Bart Johnson, TSA Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. "This incident once again highlights the importance of what TSA officers do every day in the protection of the traveling public."
Guns, gun parts, and ammunition are not allowed in carry-on bags. They can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed, and declared to the airline.
Fines for violating the rules when it comes to traveling with a gun can be up to $12,000.