NY (WPIX) – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at JFK Airport experienced a difficult situation on Thursday.
A Rhode Island man was detained after going through an X-ray unit at Terminal 8. The reason? He was carrying two jars of peanut butter, each containing parts from a decommissioned semi-automatic pistol, TSA officials said Friday.
“The gun parts were cleverly concealed in two creamy, smooth peanut butter jars, but there was certainly nothing smooth about the way the man was attempting to smuggle his gun in,” said John Essig, TSA Federal Security Director for the JFK airport. “Our officers are good at their jobs and focused on their mission, especially during the busy vacation travel period.”
Parts of the .22 caliber gun were wrapped in plastic and the gun’s magazine was loaded with bullets, according to the TSA.
While checking the luggage, the Port Authority Police seized the items, tracked down the traveler in the terminal and arrested him. The man now faces a harsh financial civil penalty and could end up paying up to $15,000, according to the TSA.
You can transport your weapon on an airplane, but you must unload it, pack it in a closed hard case, and take it to the airline check-in counter to declare it. You should also declare it with your airline to make sure it will be transported in the belly of the plane. Replica firearms are prohibited in carry-on baggage and must be transported in checked baggage.