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TSA discovers loaded firearm in passenger's carry-on bag

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at a Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport checkpoint Tuesday.

Around 11 a.m. a 9mm loaded gun with six rounds of ammunition was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag.

The TSA immediately alerted airport police, who cited the passenger on local charges.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

The TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.

Safety is the first concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to carry a prohibited item onto an aircraft.

"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."

This is the first firearm discovered at a security checkpoint by TSA officers at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year. A total of two firearms were discovered in 2013.

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