TSA discovers three firearms in carry on bags over three weeks in Billings | Regional
BILLINGS, Mont. – In the past three weeks, TSA has discovered three firearms in the carry-on racks of people leaving Billings. Each of the firearms was discovered during routine airport security checks on hand luggage.
On Tuesday morning, TSA officials found a Glock G19 semi-automatic 9mm pistol with 15 cartridges and one in the chamber in the pocket of someone authorized to depart from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The officers interviewed the passenger and allowed him to continue his flight.
On March 19, TSA officers found a .40 caliber Glock 23 pistol loaded with 13 cartridges. The passenger was directed to Denver International Airport.
A week later, on March 26, TSA officers stopped a 9mm Sig Saur p290 compact pistol that was loaded with six rounds of ammunition. The passenger flew to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
There is no evidence that the three incidents are linked. Firearms can be carried in a commercial aircraft, but only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided suitcase and stored in checked baggage. Any type of replica firearm is prohibited in hand baggage and must be carried in checked baggage.