Loaded handgun found in purse at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport checkpoint – TribLIVE


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A Cambria County woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers on Friday when they discovered a loaded gun in her purse at the security checkpoint at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity.

It was the fifth handgun caught at the airport so far in 2021, up from three found in 2019. Just one was found in 2020, when passenger numbers were down because of the covid-19 pandemic.

The woman, who lives in Ebensburg, was given a gate pass to meet an inbound passenger. She was carrying a .38-caliber gun loaded with six bullets, according to the TSA.

TSA officers alerted Westmoreland County Park Police, who questioned the woman. She could face a federal civil penalty of between $3,000 and $13,910 for having a loaded gun at the checkpoint.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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