Federal authorities said this loaded handgun was seized at BWI Airport on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. It was in the carry-on bag of an Adams County man,
Federal authorities said this loaded handgun was seized at BWI Airport on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. It was in the carry-on bag of an Adams County man, officials said. (Photo courtesy of the TSA)

A Littlestown man on his way to Music City USA was detoured to jail Friday morning after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag at BWI Airport, authorities said.

He was stopped by Transportation Security Administration workers at the airport's checkpoint X-ray machine when they spotted the firearm on the X-ray image, according to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

The TSA workers summoned Maryland Transportation Authority Police, she said.

Police responded about 6 a.m. and confiscated the 380-caliber Ruger LCP, then arrested Mark D. Kurtz, 35, according to Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman First Sgt. Jonathan Green.

Kurtz was charged with two misdemeanors -- interfering with security procedures and a weapons violation -- and taken to Anne Arundel County Detention Center after he was unable to post $5,000 bail, Green said.

Kurtz told officers he didn't realize the weapon was in his bag, according to Green.

There were six rounds in the handgun's magazine, but there wasn't a bullet in the gun's chamber, he said.

Kurtz had a ticket to fly to Nashville, Tenn., according to Farbstein.

Firearms and ammunition are forbidden in carry-on bags, but can be transported in check-through bags if the weapons are unloaded; packed in a locked, hard-sided case; packed separately from ammunition; and declared to the airline, she said.

Those who violate that rule can be criminally charged and face civil penalties from the TSA, Farbstein said.

TSA workers at BWI screen about 32,000 passengers and their carry-on bags daily, according to the TSA.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.