CLEVELAND -- An Independence man was arrested Tuesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after TSA agents detected a loaded gun in his carry-on bag for a flight to Detroit.
TSA contacted the Cleveland Police who responded, confiscated the .380 caliber gun, loaded with five rounds, including one in the chamber, and arrested the man on a state weapons charge.
There was no impact to airport operations, TSA said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland police said James Forcina was charged with felony carrying a concealed weapon and will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
TSA says weapons -- including guns -- are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.
In 2012, TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered in passenger carry-on bags.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.