TSA: Tuckahoe man had loaded gun at JFK Int'l Airport checkpoint
A Westchester County man was arrested by police at a John F. Kennedy International Airport security checkpoint with a gun loaded with four bullets, authorities say.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, TSA officers caught the man with a .22-caliber handgun on Monday, Nov. 22.
Port Authority police responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and arrested the man – a resident of Tuckahoe – on a weapons charge. He also faces “a stiff federal financial civil penalty” for bringing a gun to an airport security checkpoint.
According to the TSA, “officers detected 3,257 firearms on passengers or their carry-on bags at checkpoints last year, although the total number of passengers screened at airport checkpoints across the country fell by 500 million compared to 2019 due to the pandemic.”