A New Jersey man packing an antique handgun was cited by Port Authority Police after trying to go through security at JFK on Wednesday, authorities said.
The man, from Deal, NJ, was stopped at an X-ray machine after a TSA agent flagged the historical pistol, which was inside the man’s carry-on bag.
The man was cited on state charges for carrying the gun in his carry-on, TSA officials said.
Airline passengers are allowed to bring firearms in checked baggage after they are properly packaged and declared, the TSA said.
Traveling with a gun in a carry-on – even an antique – could lead to criminal charges, authorities said.