Stun Gun Confiscated at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport
The Transportation Safety Administration reports they found a stun gun in a carry-on bag at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.
A passenger tried to bring it on an early morning flight Monday. The stun gun was confiscated by TSA agents at the security checkpoint.
As a reminder, weapons are prohibited from being brought onto aircraft in carry-on baggage.
The NBC29 newsroom received the following press release from the Transportation Security Administration:
Transportation Security Administration officers at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport detected a stun gun in the carry-on bag of a passenger entering the checkpoint yesterday, October 17, 2011, at approximately 6:15 a.m. local time. Charlottesville Public Safety responded and confiscated the weapon.
"Every day, TSA officers stop weapons like this stun gun, as well as firearms and other weapons, from getting on airplanes," said TSA Spokesman Kawika Riley. "This year alone, our officers have detected over 800 guns at airports across the nation."
As a reminder, weapons are prohibited from being brought onto aircraft in carry-on baggage. Some weapons are permitted to be transported in checked baggage, depending on local laws however passengers are encouraged to check with local law enforcement prior to bringing any weapon to an airport. Passengers can review the prohibited items list on the TSA homepage or they can download the myTSA application from the TSA homepage at http://www.tsa.gov to be able to have the prohibited items list on their SmartPhone.