WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers located a loaded firearm in a woman’s carry-on bag at the Worcester Airport (ORH) during a security screening on Monday.

According to the TSA, State Police were called to search the bag and found a loaded .22 revolver and six rounds. Troopers confiscated the firearm and the 59-year-old Massachusetts woman was cited. She was still allowed to continue on her flight. TSA said the woman did have a license to carry.

“A gun owner who possess a Massachusetts License to Carry should know the rules and not bring a loaded firearm to a checkpoint,” said Bob Allison, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Massachusetts. “Bringing a loaded firearm into a security checkpoint is dangerous for everyone in the vicinity.”

This is the second firearm discovered by TSA at the Worcester Airport this year. A loaded firearm was also found on August 6. A total of 37 firearms have been discovered by TSA officers in New England this year.

  • 12 at BOS
  • 6 at PWM
  • 5 at BDL
  • 3 at BGR
  • 3 at HVN
  • 2 at PVD
  • 2 at BTV
  • 2 at ORH
  • 1 at AUG
  • 1 at MHT 

Passengers are allowed to travel with a firearm in a checked bag. The firearm must be unloaded and packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the check-in counter.

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