A female passenger from Florida was stopped on Monday at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport after an X-ray machine checkpoint officer spotted a handgun in the woman’s carry-on bag.
The Transportation Security Administration contacted Maryland Transportation Authority Police who responded to the scene and ascertained that the weapon was actually a starter pistol – a realistic replica of a handgun.
Police removed the gun from the woman’s bag and permitted her to catch her flight to Connecticut.
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and confiscated the stun gun.
The woman missed her flight and then left the airport with the stun gun back in her possession.
Weapons, including replicas, aren’t allowed in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded and declared.