The Virginia groom made a costly mistake when he packed his handbag for a honeymoon, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
The man, who remains unidentified, was reportedly arrested on Saturday for carrying a 9mm pistol in his hand luggage at Richmond International Airport, TSA said in a press release.
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A TSA officer intercepted the gun at the checkpoint and found that it had been loaded with eight bullets and had one in the cell. The man’s belongings had passed through the X-ray machine at the checkpoint.
Airport police were alerted to the firearm and responded to the checkpoint. The gun was confiscated while the Dinuidi County man who packed it was arrested.
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Initially, the man had to fly to Hawaii with his wife for their honeymoon. He reportedly told officers he forgot he had a loaded firearm.
It is unclear whether the man has been released or allowed to continue his journey.
Representatives at Richmond International Airport did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.
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“When you’re packing for a flight, my advice is to make sure your luggage is empty when you start packing to make sure there’s nothing forbidden in it,” said Chuck Burke, director of Federal Security at TSA. Richmond International Airport, in a statement.
The TSA has generally seized more firearms in the last year than in previous years. In 2019, 4432 firearms were found in handbags across the country, which is significantly 5% more than the previous year. Eighty-seven percent of the firearms found were loaded, according to TSA internal data.
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Richmond International Airport currently has 18 weapons detected by the TSA, which is tied to the number of weapons found at the same airport for the whole of 2017.
The TSA has a comprehensive website on how to transport firearms and ammunition by air. The federal agency also encourages travelers to contact the airline of their choice to make sure they have packaged these items properly.
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A civil penalty in the form of a fee can be issued by the TSA, which can range between $ 4,100 and $ 13,669 depending on the circumstances. Civil penalties can also be applied to passengers who have concealed carrying permits.