For the 27th time this year, a loaded gun has been found in a carry-on bag at the Birmingham airport.
Al.com reports Transportation Security Administration officers found the handgun Tuesday morning at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. TSA officers confiscated the gun and alerted airport police, who then escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.
Unloaded firearms can be transported in checked baggage as long as they are declared to the airline and in a proper carrying case. The TSA website says passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint could face criminal charges and civil penalties.
The passenger's identity has not been released. It's unclear if they were arrested or charged.