What’s In The Bag? A Gun… And A Dog

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A man was arrested at BWI after a loaded handgun was discovered in his carry-on bag by security officials. But it wasn't the only thing he tried to sneak past TSA agents.

After spotting the firearm on X-ray, a live dog was discovered in the man's 2nd bag as it passed through the machine.

To complete a troika of violations, the passenger was also carrying a small knife, the TSA reported. He was arrested on state weapons charges and the gun was confiscated.

"It's difficult to say which of the 2 was more surprising - the X-ray image of the gun or the image of the dog's moving skeleton," the TSA said. "Firearms are never allowed at checkpoints and pets should not be placed through X-ray machines."

The dog was inside what looked like a duffel bag but was in fact a soft case pet carrier. 

Under TSA rules, all pets must be removed from checked bags before X-ray screening and carried through metal detectors by their owners. 

The man, who has not been named, could face a civil penalty of up to $12,000.

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