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TSA Officers Find Loaded Handgun In Carry-On Bag At Worcester Airport

WORCESTER (CBS) -- TSA officers at Worcester Regional Airport said they stopped a Winchendon woman at a security checkpoint Wednesday for having a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag.

The x-ray machine detected the 22. caliber handgun and officers found eight rounds with one in the gun's chamber, according to the TSA. Massachusetts State Police were called immediately.

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The gun found at a security checkpoint at Worcester Regional Airport Wednesday. (Photo Credit: TSA)

Travelers are never allowed to have guns in their carry-on bags, and can be subject to criminal charges if they attempt to bring one. The TSA said they can also impose fines of up to $13,333, and a typical first offense for bringing a handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100.

It is unclear whether charges were pressed against the woman or whether she possessed the gun legally.

This is the first time a loaded gun has been detected at the Worcester airport this year. Only one gun was found there last year.

Earlier this month, TSA officers found a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag at Logan Airport, but the man was not charged with a crime.

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