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TSA: Passenger at ABIA passed checkpoint with loaded gun

A passenger at Austin's airport was able to make it past a checkpoint with a loaded gun, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson. (CBS Austin)

A passenger at Austin's airport was able to make it past a checkpoint with a loaded gun, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson.

It happened Saturday, June 16. That passenger, who had not yet boarded an airplane, told an airline employee that he had inadvertently brought the gun in a carry-on bag through the checkpoint.

The passenger turned over the firearm to police at the airport -- they were then rescreened and allowed to fly.

TSA said it "holds its employees to high standards in screening passengers and their carry-on and checked bags. Employees who fail to meet standards are held appropriately accountable."

The TSA spokesperson said the security officer who did not identify the firearm at the checkpoint is no longer employed by TSA.

TSA did say that so far this year, more than 60 firearms have been intercepted at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport checkpoints.

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