A Central Pennsylvania man trying to board a flight at JFK International Airport Wednesday morning was instead arrested when a loaded handgun and another weapon were found on him, according to the TSA.
The Annville, Lebanon County, man was booked for a flight to Los Angeles and was going through security at New York City's JFK airport when a checkpoint X-ray machine revealed a loaded .32-caliber handgun in the man's vest, according to Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.
The gun was loaded with five bullets, she said.
TSA workers also found cat-eye knuckles, a martial-arts weapon, in the man's possession, according to Farbstein. The man's name was not released.
The man was arrested and handcuffed by Port Authority Police, who are charging him with a state weapons violation, she said. Port Authority Police seized the gun and knuckles, she said.
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, according to Farbstein.
Those who violate that rule can be criminally charged and face civil penalties from the TSA of up to $11,000, she said.
The TSA screens about 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, Farbstein said.