CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Transportation Safety Administration officers spotted a gun in the X-ray machine at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Friday, the day after they stopped a man with a .380 caliber handgun.
TSA officials say a woman was stopped when they saw the gun in her carry-on bag. Police determined the woman, who was flying to Phoenix, was carrying a starter pistol used to start races. The TSA says the pistol would likely appear real if it was pulled out while flying. The TSA says realistic replica firearms are not permitted to be carried on board aircrafts.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items," said Derek DePietro, TSA's Federal Security Director for the Buffalo airport.
The woman was allowed to catch her flight, without the starter pistol. The incident had no impact on airport operations, according to the TSA. Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.
For details on what can and cannot go on flights, visit http://www.tsa.gov.
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