Last Sunday morning a man was able to carry a gun undetected through a
security checkpoint at Reagan National Airport.
53-year-old Gregory Hinkle realized before boarding his flight that
he had the gun with him and returned voluntarily to the checkpoint.
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police were called to the
checkpoint where the man, turned over his firearm and was given a
summons for a misdemeanor for violating Virgina Code 18.2-287.01 which
prohibits firearms in an airport terminal with exceptions for law
enforcement and checked luggage.
The gun was seized, Hinkle was issued a summons and he was allowed to
continue his trip.
TSO who failed to identify the firearm is on administrative leave and a
full investigation is underway.
TSA spokesman Christopher White said that 14 guns were discovered at
checkpoints around the country last week. On average, Officers find two
guns a day.
Last year in April TSA detected a loaded Glock pistol in presidential
candidate Mike Huckabee sonís carry-on luggage.
Alleged failure of one TSO at checkpoint gets coverage all over the
world. Everyday diligence and professionalism is rarely mentioned. See
link supplied by Jack showing items caught by TSOs at DFW airport.
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