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Airport X-ray machine finds handgun, pet dog in traveler's carry-on bags

By Ben Hooper
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Airport X-ray machine finds handgun, pet dog in traveler's carry-on bags
The Transportation Security Administration said a man was arrested at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport when an X-ray of his carry-on bags found a handgun and his pet dog. Photo courtesy of the TSA

BALTIMORE, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Transportation Security Administration said officers arrested a man whose carry-on bags were found by an X-ray machine to contain a gun and his pet dog.

The TSA said the man placed two carry-on bags on the X-ray belt Wednesday morning at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport and agents immediately spotted a handgun in the first item, a bag with wheels.

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The second bag, which resembled a duffle bag, was revealed to contain a small dog.

"It's difficult to say which of the two was more surprising -- the X-ray image of the gun or the image of the dog's moving skeleton," the TSA said.

The gun, a 9 mm packed with two empty magazines, was seized by authorities and the man was arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who discovered the suspect was also carrying a small knife.

The man was arrested on weapons charges.

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