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TSA: Arizona man tried to board Omaha flight with loaded gun

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Arizona man was allowed to board his flight after a loaded handgun was found in his bag at a security checkpoint at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, federal authorities said Friday.

A news release from the federal Transportation Security Administration said the .45 caliber gun — loaded with six bullets, including one in the chamber — was found Thursday as the bag it was packed inside entered an X-ray machine.

The release states Omaha Airport Authority Police were contacted and the gun was confiscated. The man was detained for questioning before allowing him to catch his flight.

Officials did not release the man’s name.

Officials say it was the first gun caught at an Eppley Airfield security checkpoint this year. In 2019, TSA officers found 15 guns at the Omaha airport checkpoint.

Nationwide last year, more than 4,430 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints.

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