CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - TSA officers stopped a woman from boarding a plane in Buffalo with a starter pistol in her carry-on.
TSA officials say officers say they noticed what looked like a gun in a woman's carry-on bag at the X-ray check point at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Friday.
NFTA Police were contacted and the gun was removed from the bag. Officers determined the gun to be a starter pistol used to start races.
Realistic replica firearms are not permitted to be carried on board airplanes.
The woman, who was headed to Phoenix, was allowed to catch her flight, but without her starter pistol.
The day before, a Rochester man was found with a loaded gun in his carry-on at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. His gun was confiscated, he was ticketed and he was sent on his way to his destination.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items," said Derek DePietro, TSA's Federal Security Director for BUF.
Officials say travelers could face fines up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.