News

Alexandria woman caught with gun at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport checkpoint

This gun was detected by a TSA officer in an Alexandria, Va., woman’s carry-on bag at Reagan National Airport on Oct. 4. (TSA photo)

An Alexandria woman was caught carrying a loaded gun at a security checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday (October 4).

The incident occurred in the early morning, and the woman said that she forgot that she had the gun in her bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police took the weapon and the woman was cited for weapons charges.

“The .380 caliber gun was loaded with six bullets and was detected among the woman’s carry-on items,” TSA said in a release. “She told officials that she forgot that she had her loaded gun with her.”

Firearms caught at Reagan National Airport (DCA)

  • 2022 — 24 guns
  • 2021 — 30 guns
  • 2020 — 10 guns
  • 2019 — 14 guns
  • 2018 — 16 guns
  • 2017 — 13 guns

Nationwide, there were 5,972 guns detected in carry-on bags in 2021, of which 86% were loaded, according to TSA.

“If someone wants to transport their firearm on a flight, they certainly can, as long as it is unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided case and declared as checked baggage with the airline as described on the TSA website,” said John Busch, TSA’s Federal Security Director at the airport. “The airline representative will make sure the gun is transported in the belly of the airplane where nobody has access to it during the flight.”