- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says its officers stopped a passenger from bringing two loaded handguns on board a plane.

A statement from TSA said its officers detected both the guns and ammunition as the traveler was passing through the TSA Precheck Checkpoint just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

TSA spokesman Mike England said the staff at the checkpoint X-ray machines detected the firearms as they passed along the conveyor belt inside the traveler’s carry-on bags. Officers then contacted the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police Department.

The unidentified man was questioned by police and issued a citation.

As of Tuesday, TSA officers have caught nine firearms at RDU in 2017. Last year, it found 54 firearms.

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