TSA: Loaded gun found in carry-on bag at airport

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- TSA agents found a loaded .380-caliber handgun in a traveler's carry-on bag Monday morning at Charleston International Airport, officials said.

According to the TSA, the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday and involved a passenger flying from Charleston to Atlanta.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority police arrested the man, identified as 45-year-old Ned Thaxton Beck. He was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm.

According to the police report, Beck told officers he travels frequently, has a concealed weapons permit and simply forgot the gun was in the outside pocket of his bag.

A photo of the firearm shows a fully loaded clip and a holster.{} This marked the third firearm found at Charleston's airport this year. There were also three firearms found in 2012, the TSA reported.

According to the TSA, the agency assessed more than $1.8 million in penalties for firearms found in airport bags. There were more than 1,500 firearms found nationwide in airport screenings in 2012.

To travel with firearms, the weapons have to be declared, unloaded, packed in a hard case, locked and separated from ammunition.