Dulles customs

People who apparently forget that there’s a gun or knife in their carry-on luggage when they pass through airport security often are allowed to board the plane after handing the weapon over to the Transportation Security Administration. But a Culpeper man is facing charges after TSA security found a handgun in his bag at Dulles International Airport Monday night.

When an X-ray machine revealed the gun, the TSA called in Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police. They confiscated the handgun, which was loaded with 11 rounds, and cited the man on a state weapons charge. He was originally ticketed to fly to Colorado Springs. The man’s name was not released by police

“TSA screens approximately 20,000 passengers and their carry-on bags each day here at Dulles, and our TSA officers remain focused on threats to the flying public,” said Scott Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director at the airport.

TSA reminded passengers that they are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and advised them to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.