PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Last year was a record for the number of firearms stopped by TSA agents and that trend appears to be going into 2020.
Two guns in three days were stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at Pittsburgh International Airport.
A woman from Cartagena, Columba as stopped on Saturday trying to get bring her .38 caliber handgun through security on Saturday and a woman from Ohio was stopped on Monday with a .22 caliber gun loaded with five bullets.
The guns were spotted by an agent working the X-ray machine.
Allegheny County Police confiscated the weapons in each incident and detained the women questioning before letting them catch their flights.
The incidents are not considered to be related.
The TSA reminds travelers, “When an individual shows up at a checkpoint with a firearm, the checkpoint lane comes to a standstill until the police resolve the incident. With the busy travel season in full swing, guns at checkpoints can delay travelers from getting to their gates.”
TSA can fine someone up to $13,333 for a weapons violation and the typical penalty for a first offense is $4,100.