CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A retired Mingo County physician was cited by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Yeager Airport in Charleston on Tuesday.
According to documentation Dr. Manolo Tampoya, 69, of Williamson was cited by TSA on state weapons charge.
The incident marks the third time in a week, police found a gun at the security checkpoint of an area airport, confiscated the weapon and issued a citation.
Transportation Security Administration officials said a Mingo County man said realized Tuesday that he was in possession of a loaded firearm shortly before passing through a metal detector at a security checkpoint at Yeager Airport in Charleston, according to a news release from the TSA.
TSA officers immediately contacted Yeager Airport Police, who confiscated a folding knife and a .32-caliber handgun loaded with six bullets, the release said.
Last Wednesday, TSA officials confiscated a loaded .45-caliber handgun from Yeager Airport. A .40-caliber handgun was seized last week at Huntington Tri-State Airport.
Weapons, including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, are not permitted in carry-on bags at airports, but can be transported in checked bags if the guns are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.
Passengers who bring guns to airports could face criminal charges and fines of up to $11,000 from the TSA.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.