TSA seizes loaded firearm in traveler’s carry-on luggage at Idaho airport

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Officials with the Transportation Security Administration seized a firearm at an Idaho airport on Wednesday, authorities said.

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In a news release on Friday, the TSA said officers at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport detected a 9 mm Glock 43X pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. A second magazine, loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, was also discovered. Both were found in the carry-on luggage of a man who was traveling to Salt Lake International Airport, KIFI-TV reported.

Police questioned the man, who was allowed to continue on his flight to Utah, according to the TSA news release. The incident was referred to the Bonneville County prosecutor’s office for review, according to KIFI.

“TSA is seeing more travelers at Idaho Falls Regional Airport than ever before and along with that, we are also seeing an increase in the number of undeclared or improperly packed firearms like the one today,” Andy Coose, the TSA’s federal security director for Idaho, said in a statement. “We want to remind everyone planning to fly out of Idaho Falls to carefully inspect your bag before you pack it and head to the airport.

“This simple act could save you lots of time and money, along with the embarrassment of having a long talk with law enforcement. So, remember to pack light and pack right.”