NEWARK, N.J. (TheBlaze/AP) — Officials say a Pennsylvania man was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport after screeners noticed a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that 59-year-old Robert Kellerman of Long Pond was taken into custody just after 6 a.m. Sunday by Port Authority police. They were notified after Transportation Security Administration screeners saw the .22-caliber handgun at a checkpoint inside Terminal C.
Kellerman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Officials say Kellerman told police he forgot the gun was inside the bag.
A telephone number for Kellerman could not be located Sunday afternoon.
This is at least the second incident this month in which someone has been arrested for gun possession at Newark Liberty. On Feb. 1, another man was detained; he, too, said that he had forgotten about a 9mm handgun that was found in his bag.
Airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage. They must be stored properly and unloaded.