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TSA stops woman attempting to carry loaded gun onto flight at Mitchell International

Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 20:10:47-04

MILWAUKEE — TSA stopped a woman at Mitchell International Airport after she attempted to carry a loaded gun onto her flight.

The woman had a .22 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine when she went through security on Wednesday.

Around 6:15 a.m., a TSA officer detected the weapon in her purse and immediately contacted the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

When a deputy arrived, they removed the woman and the weapon from the security checkpoint.

“We continue to detect firearms and prohibited items at the airport security checkpoints during this pandemic,” said Wisconsin’s TSA Federal Security Director Mark Lendvay in a press release. “I ask that all travelers be mindful of the whereabouts of their firearms at all times. The safety and security of all remain our top priority.”

There is typically a $4,100 fine the first time someone attempts to carry a weapon onto a plane, TSA said in a statement.

This is the 9th firearm detected at Mitchell International this year.

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