If you’re going to run from TSA officers after they catch you with a loaded gun in your carry-on at the airport, don’t forget to grab your ID and boarding pass before you high-tail it out of the security checkpoint.
A male passenger at New York’s JFK International Airport learned that lesson the hard way Monday after officers found a loaded 9mm handgun in his carry-on.
In a press release, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the agency learned the man’s identity and address because he left everything behind when he fled, including his ID and passport.
According to his boarding pass, the Brooklyn man was headed to Atlanta. Officials were able to catch his friends and interview them before they boarded the flight.
“Fleeing the checkpoint does this man no good,” John Bambury, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport, warned in the press release. “It was foolish of him to run. We know who he is and he now faces a stiff financial federal civil penalty.”
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