TSA issues surprise gun alert in Boston, the second time this month

For the second time in two months, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stopped someone trying to bring a loaded gun into the airport in a carry-on bag.

But this time, it wasn’t a terror attack that disrupted travel plans.

The incident happened Sept. 18 as passengers were boarding a plane at Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to TSA documents reviewed by the Boston Globe. A woman stowed a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber pistol in her carry-on, which, after being scanned, was discovered to be loaded with an extra magazine.

The bullet was not pointed at anyone, the TSA said.

The woman was ticketed for a flight to Houston.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said that after similar incidents at airports, local police were notified. “The passenger was accommodated to a later flight without further incident,” she said in an e-mailed statement.

A record 15.7 million passengers passed through Boston’s airport in August, up 9.4 percent from August 2013, according to airport statistics.

In May, the TSA recalled about 30 guns that passengers had left inside luggage at airports in six states. That would include 10 guns in 10 days at Atlanta, 11 guns in seven days at Detroit, and seven guns in five days at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

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