A Frederick County man has been arrested and charged with trying take a handgun through the security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, authorities said Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Administration Authority said it was the 16th time this year that security officials at BWI had detected someone trying to board an aircraft with a firearm. That was up from 14 last year, she said.
The man – identified by police as Kelby S. Ferwerda, 28, of Walkersville, Md. — was stopped Wednesday after an X-ray machine detected the .32 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag. The weapon was not loaded, authorities said.
The TSA spokeswoman said the agency summoned Maryland Transportation Authority police, whose officers confiscated the weapon and arrested Ferwerda. He was charged with illegal possession of a handgun and with interfering with airport security procedures, according to a police spokesman.
Travelers caught with firearms at an airport checkpoint can also face civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000.
Ferwerda did not have a publicly listed telephone and did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.