Some initial stories only referred to the item as a gun. Later it was reported that it was a non-firing replica. It turns out that the identification of the item as a plastic replica happened fairly early.
One of 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags nationally the week ending August 4, 2016, the TSA says it was a realistic replica, loaded with live ammunition.I was glad to learn that the unfortunate owner was not arrested or cited, and there was no panic or impact on the airport operations.
The TSA says the passenger was offered the option of checking the item in carry-on baggage, but chose to leave it behind. The passenger was not arrested or cited, and continued to his flight with no impact to airport operations.
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