On Wednesday, September 3, officers at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport arrested a man after TSA discovered a handgun in his carry-on bag.
Airport officials say 62-year-old Steven G. Janik, of Brecksville, was going through the screening process at Checkpoint B around 4:50 p.m. when TSA officers noticed the firearm while the bag was x-rayed. Officers recovered a Browning C283 .380.
Janik released the following statement:
"This was a class-a screw-up. I learned an important lesson and accept responsibility. TSA did a great job and I'm grateful they keep our skies safe."
This is the fifth firearm seized at the airport's security checkpoint this year with the most recent happening less than two weeks ago.
TSA reminds anyone planning to travel by means of flying that although packing a firearm in travel bags is legal, for safety purposes the airline must be made aware. The weapon must also be transported in a the proper carrying case and is not permitted in carry-on bags.