CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says a woman was caught carrying a loaded handgun through Charlotte Douglas Airport's security on Friday morning.

A TSA officer detected the firearm as the woman's carry-on bag passed through the checkpoint X-ray machine at Checkpoint B. The handgun was a loaded .38 Smith & Wesson revolver.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police also responded to this incident.

The woman was questioned and cited for carrying a weapon on airport property.

TSA officers have detected 68 firearms at CLT checkpoints this year. TSA found 54 firearms at CLT last year.

TSA said passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.

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