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A TSA agent missed a loaded handgun in a passenger's carry-on bag


A Transportation Security Administration agent was fired after letting a woman with a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Katrina Jackson, of Hoover, Alabama, found the gun in her bag as she looked for her passport at the gate, WSB-TV reported Wednesday. She then told police, who confiscated her bag. Jackson then said she did not have her permit to carry a gun, leading to a charge of unlawful handgun possession. 

We don't know who else might have gotten through ... How many of these types of things get through all the time?
Brent Brown, security expert

"This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer, who was still a probationary employee, was immediately and permanently separated from federal service," a TSA spokesperson said. 

TSA found 198 guns at Atlanta's airport in 2016, the most of any in the U.S.

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Last month, 11 people reportedly walked through an unmanned TSA terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and boarded flights. 

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