Camden woman charged with carrying loaded weapon at airport
From staff reports
Thursday, August 10, 2017
A Camden County woman is facing a weapons charge after federal officials say she had a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.
Monica Sandridge was charged with carrying a weapon in an airport, a misdemeanor, and released on a summons, airport spokeswoman Jessica Wharton said Thursday evening.
The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that TSA officers spotted the baby-blue 9 mm handgun, loaded with five bullets, as the firearm was going through a checkpoint X-ray machine Wednesday.
The TSA said the gun’s owner, later identified as Sandridge, told officials she had forgotten she had the firearm with her.
Airport police were immediately contacted, the firearm confiscated and its owner charged, the TSA said.
According to the TSA, airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage as long as the weapons are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, and locked and packed separately from ammunition. The firearm also must be taken to the airline check-in counter and declared, the TSA said.
The TSA noted airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition, so travelers should contact the airline ahead of arriving at the airport.