Last updated: 01:56 PM ET, Fri September 09 2016

Man Arrested After Sending Gun, Dog Through X-Ray Machine at BWI Airport

Impacting Travel | Transportation Security Administration | Patrick Clarke | September 09, 2016

Man Arrested After Sending Gun, Dog Through X-Ray Machine at BWI Airport

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Some ideas might simply be too dumb to fail, but chances are you're going to wind up in a pair of handcuffs if you bring a firearm to an airport checkpoint and send your pet through the x-ray machine in one fell swoop.

One man learned the hard way at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Wednesday when Transportation Security Administration officials discovered a semi-automatic handgun and a small dog as both passed through an x-ray machine.

The unidentified man in charge of the items was also carrying a small knife and was promptly arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police on state weapons charges, the TSA said in a release Wednesday.

Inside the roller bag, officials found the 9 mm caliber handgun accompanied by two empty magazines.

"It's difficult to say which of the two was more surprising—the X-ray image of the gun or the image of the dog’s moving skeleton," the TSA said.

The TSA used the head-scratching incident to remind other air travelers about the rules of flying with firearms and pets.

While firearm parts and ammunition are never allowed to travel inside of a passenger's carry-on bags, unloaded and properly packed firearms can be transported inside of checked bags when they've been declared to the airline.

Meanwhile, pet owners passing through security checkpoints must remember to send only the empty carrying case through the x-ray machine while they pass through the metal detector with their pet in hand.


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