Security at Fargo's Hector International Airport prevent passenger from boarding plane with loaded gun

Image by TSA
Image by TSA

(Fargo, ND) --  Security staff at Hector International Airport prevented a passenger from bringing a loaded handgun into the cabin of an aircraft Thursday.

The loaded gun was detected by TSA officers during a routine X-ray screening of a carry-on bag. 

TSA officials immediately alerted the Fargo Police Department, and an officer responded to the checkpoint.

Passengers who bring a firearm to a TSA checkpoint can face a civil penalty of up to $15,000.

This is the second firearm detected at a Fargo airport checkpoint this year.