TSA employee cited for having handgun in his luggage - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

TSA employee cited for having handgun in his luggage

(WMC-TV) - Among the myriad of signs in the area where passengers get screened at Memphis International are multiple warnings about weapons, but a man who usually checks your luggage was arrested this week for having a 9mm handgun hidden in his bag.

"That's not good," said passenger Stacye Sheets.  "Somebody's not doing their job," she added.

It was no comfort to Sheets learning the man with a weapon was a TSA employee.

"Well, somebody else could get a hold of it too," she said.

Airport Police arrested Richard Banks, III.  He told officers he forget the gun was in the bag when he left for work.

It is illegal to carry a weapon into the main terminal building.

"I've been in situations where people say they forgot and are detained," said passenger Colleen Keller.  "But somebody who works with the airline?"

Airport Police issued Banks a misdemeanor citation for unlawful possession of a weapon.

The Transportation Security Administration sent Action News 5 the following statement:

"A firearm was detected in a bag belonging to a TSA officer during checkpoint screening at Memphis International Airport. The officer was referred to local law enforcement. TSA is conducting an investigation into the matter and will take appropriate action as necessary."

Banks is due in court next month.

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