CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers stopped an Ebensburg woman who had a loaded gun in her purse at a security checkpoint at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 3.
The woman was given a gate pass by an airline to allow her to meet an inbound passenger. When the .38 caliber gun was detected, TSA officers alerted the Westmoreland County Park Police, according to Pa. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials.
She now faces a stiff federal financial penalty for carrying a gun through a security checkpoint, according to the DHS.
It was the fifth handgun that TSA officers have caught at the airport so far this year. Only three guns were caught in 2019 when significantly more people were flying prior to the pandemic.