When a police officer brought a gun through security and took an international flight he realized his mistake on arrival. The TSA didn’t catch him. Same with the marine who brought 40 rounds of ammunition through security. Several air marshals have forgotten their loaded guns in the bathroom post-security.
So when the TSA catches a knife, a gun, or a stuffed animal with a toy gun, they call it a ‘good catch’ and it usually makes the TSA’s instagram account.
Whether it’s singer Rick Derringer being arrested at security with a gun or rapper Coolio being arrested with a stolen gun at a checkpoint, there’s a penalty. Generally fines for bringing a firearm through the checkpoint range from $500 to $2000, whether intentional or not.
But what about when the gun is brought through the checkpoint by a TSA screener?
The gun was found in the man’s lunchbox as he went through screening Friday morning at the Manchester, New Hampshire airport. All ‘standard procedure’.
“The individual reported for work, and as is standard procedure went through security screening, where a firearm was detected,” said McCarthy. “The firearm was located in a sort of ‘lunchpail,’ where the individual had packed a meal in a sort of backpack.”
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The screener wasn’t charged because, according to the TSA, “there was no harm intended.” Instead a TSA spokesman says it’s simply being handled as “a personnel matter.”