ORLANDO, Fla. - A 40-year-old man is the latest person to be arrested in the Orlando International Airport after TSA agents said he was caught trying to carry a loaded handgun though a security checkpoint.
OIA Federal Security Director Jerry Henderson said it's becoming a a serious issue in Orlando.
Adolfo Requena's 9mm handgun is the 11th gun TSA has intercepted this year, authorities said.
In the last five years, more than 150 people have been arrested trying to bring guns through security at OIA.
Orlando ranks in the top 10 U.S. airports for handguns intercepted, but TSA has also confiscated all kinds of other potential weapons in Orlando.
"Even though signs at the checkpoints clearly show, 'No firearms allowed,' Henderson said he believes most people simply forget the gun is in their
bag. Very few of them are criminals, no criminal history when they come through," he said.
But Henderson said most of the guns are loaded and anyone caught ends up with a criminal record.
Besides a trip to jail, a ruined trip and court costs, the suspects face federal fines up to $11,000.
Henderson is hoping more people will pay attention to the rules and double check their carry-on bags.
Requena is from Colorado, and didn't have a concealed weapons permit. He's out of jail on $2,500 bond.