A small-caliber handgun was confiscated and a man arrested at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport early Monday morning, authorities said.
TSA security officers detected a .22-caliber Derringer loaded with two rounds in the carry-on bag of a passenger, according to a TSA report released by airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise. The gun and ammunition were confiscated and the 64-year-old man was arrested.
It was the first firearm intercepted at the airport checkpoint this year, Wise said. TSA security officers discovered four firearms at the Wichita checkpoint in 2012.
Nationwide, TSA officers found more than 1,800 firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags at airport checkpoints nationwide last year, Wise said. In 2012, TSA found 1,556.
Firearms and ammunition, along with firearms parts and realistic replicas, are always prohibited in carry-on bags, according to a statement released by the TSA. These items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. The TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearms and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
The gun and bullets confiscated on Monday were taken to the Patrol West substation as evidence, a Wichita police report stated. The man was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm.