A Brooklyn man attempted to send a loaded handgun through airport security at JFK on Friday by concealing the weapon in a shoebox, according to the TSA.
The man is hardly the first to come strapped to JFK. There was the Canadian woman who cushioned two .40 caliber handguns and 350 rounds of ammunition with 58 bricks of marijuana in her checked bags last year, and those two somehow-unaffiliated women who braved TSA with guns in their purses on the same morning in February.
In line for airport security, this most recent gun-toter counted his shoebox, housing a .25 caliber loaded with six rounds, among his carry-on items. The TSA says, "The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the checkpoint conveyor belt. The man claimed that he did not know the gun was in the shoebox."
The Port Authority Police responded to the scene to confiscate the handgun, and arrested the man on state weapons charges. In light of this incident, the TSA would like to remind us of the rules:
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.
Loose change, however, is welcome.