PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A TSA officer at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) intercepted a loaded .380 semiautomatic pistol, while screening a carry-on bag, Monday night.
The owner of the bag was identified as a 47-year-old Michael Cacioppo from Port Charlotte traveling to Greenville, NC.
The TSA officer froze operations and notified his supervisor, who in turn summoned the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) to respond.
After arriving on the scene, Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies watched as the TSA supervisor conducted a search of the bag. The pistol was loaded with six rounds. Deputies advised the passenger that he was being charged with carrying a weapon into the secure area of the airport. CCSO now has possession of the firearm.