Official says Atlanta passenger cleared security with bag that could have contained a gun.

After an official stated that a gun might have been lost during security checks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration began an investigation.

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09 June 2022 Thursday 00:27
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Official says Atlanta passenger cleared security with bag that could have contained a gun.

After an official stated that a gun might have been lost during security checks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration began an investigation.

CNN was informed by a government official that an Atlanta airport passenger may have been carrying a bag and a gun on Tuesday.

An item found in a carry-on bag during screening on Tuesday could have been a firearm. The official spoke under anonymity. After the bag was checked again, it did not trigger an alarm. The passenger was permitted to take the bag with him.

TSA is unable to identify the item or the identity of the passenger.

The official stated that it was a one in a million chance.

What happened at the airport

TSA stated in a statement that there were "unconfirmed reports" of a missing firearm at South TSA's checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The statement stated that TSA had scanned the terminal in a prudent security precaution for passengers carrying the bag.

According to the official, the TSA discovered this issue during routine screening of technology images.

The official stated that the passenger was likely on a flight by the time they saw it.

After the alarm triggered, the bag was left behind. However, it was not moved to allow for more thorough screening. The bag was then re-scanned by officers. The official claims that the alarm was not set off by it, and that this was due to a technical error rather than an human one.

CNN was informed by Carter Langston, spokesperson for TSA, that the incident is currently under investigation.

Guns are being discovered at an alarming rate

In a statement, the agency stated that officers find guns at "an alarming rate" at checkpoints. Last year was the most successful year for firearms being caught at checkpoints, even though there were fewer people traveling due to the pandemic.

"I believe more people are carrying guns, just generally across America," TSA Administrator David Pekoske stated to CNN in an interview.

Penalties for carrying a gun to the checkpoint can reach up to $13,000

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