Suspect a traveler who crossed a search point with a bag containing a pistol at Atlanta airport.. and airport security is investigating

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Transportation Security Administration, an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security, announced the start of an investigation into the fact that a pistol crossed a checkpoint inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Georgia after an official statement.

A government official familiar with the incident told CNN that a passenger at the Atlanta airport may have boarded the plane on Tuesday, carrying a suitcase containing a gun.

The employee, who declined to be named, said a check of carry-on luggage revealed an item that was likely to be a firearm.

The siren did not go off after the bag was passed through the sorting machine, so the passenger was allowed to leave the checkpoint with his bag.

The Transportation Security Administration has not definitively identified the item and does not know the identity of the traveler.

The official emphasized that the chance of this happening was “one in a million”.

What happened at the airport?

“There are unconfirmed reports of a firearm inserted into the TSA Southern Checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” said a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

“As a prudent security measure, the Transportation Security Administration has scanned the passenger terminal for the passenger carrying the bag in question,” the statement continued.

The official noted that the Transportation Security Administration later discovered the problem during a routine review of scanning technology images.

By the time they found him, the passenger was probably on the flight.”

During the investigation, the official said the initial indication was that the bag had been dropped after the siren sounded, but it had not been subjected to a more detailed manual search.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Carter Langston told CNN that the incident is still under investigation.

Weapons found ‘alarming rate’

In its statement, the Transportation Security Administration said its officers were finding weapons “at checkpoints at an alarming rate.”

Last year, there was a record number of firearms seized at checkpoints, although fewer people are traveling due to the pandemic.

“I think more people are carrying guns, generally in the country, and everything that’s happening in the country is reflected in our checkpoints,” David Pekosky, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, told CNN at the time.

Fines for bringing a gun to a checkpoint run to around $13,000.

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