Police Arrest Local Woman After TSA Detects Handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport Security Checkpoint

May 2020

PITTSBURGH – Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport continue to remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic and stopped an Alleghany County, Pennsylvania, woman from bringing a handgun on an airplane on Friday, May 15.

A TSA officer spotted the unloaded .22 revolver on the checkpoint X-ray machine’s monitor. It was found in her carry-on bag. TSA contacted the Allegheny County Police, which responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and detained the woman, a resident of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, for questioning prior to arresting her.

Nationwide last year, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, approximately a 5% increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 4,239 detected in 2018. Eighty-seven percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded.

As a reminder, individuals who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement. Even travelers with concealed firearm permits are not allowed to bring guns onto airplanes in their carry-on bags. If you’re a TSA Pre✓® member, then you could even lose your status. TSA reserves the right to issue civil penalties for individuals who bring guns to checkpoints. The complete list of penalties is posted online.