Men from New Hampshire and Arizona were stopped Sunday at Boston Logan International Airport after X-rays revealed loaded handguns in their luggage as they tried to pass through security, officials said.
In two unrelated incidents, a man from Pima County, Ariz., and a man from Rindge, N.H., were found to be in possession of loaded 9-millimeter handguns when their carry-ons went through security, TSA officials said in a statement.
The incidents mark the fifth and sixth time a gun has been confiscated by Logan security in 2019. Twenty one firearms were confiscated in 2018, TSA officials said.
The Arizona man, identified by State Police as Eric Walter, 47, was arrested and now faces weapons charges, including possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and possession of a concealed weapon in a secured area of an airport.
The New Hampshire man also had an additional loaded magazine and was cited by police, but not arrested, according to authorities. State Police declined to name the 72-year-old man as he was not arrested. He now faces charges of carrying a firearm without a license, according to police.
“Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition,” the statement said.
TSA encourages travelers to visit their traveling with firearms information page.