PORTLAND – A Hampden man claimed he wasn’t aware he had a loaded gun in his backpack as he tried to board a plane in Portland.
The man’s name was not immediately available.
A Transportation Security Administration agent spotted the gun as the man’s backpack was going through a checkpoint X-ray machine, according to a statement from regional TSA spokeswoman Lisa Haberstein.
Haberstein said the gun was identified as a 9 mm handgun and was loaded with 12 bullets.
She said the man was detained and questioned by Portland police.
According to Haberstein, the man was allowed to call his wife, who drove to the airport to retrieve the weapon.
Haberstein has yet to respond to a question about whether charges were filed against the man.
She said that if he is charged, a first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint could result in a up to a $4,000 fine.