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TSA: Loaded gun in Lehigh Valley man's jacket at Newark Airport

A Carbon County man was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport Thursday after security detected a loaded pistol in his jacket.

A Transportation Security Administration officer who was at the checkpoint X-ray monitor detected the .38 calibur handgun inside the man's jacket pocket as it entered the machine. TSA says it was loaded with five bullets. 

Security officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police Department who confiscated the gun and arrested the man, who is a resident of Palmerton, on state weapons charges.

TSA says he was traveling with family members at the time of his arrest. 

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms, but only if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition. 

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