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PA: Westbury man arrested after bringing gun to JFK in carry-on bag

An aerial view of Kennedy Airport. (April 15,

An aerial view of Kennedy Airport. (April 15, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

A Westbury man was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Monday after authorities said TSA officers found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag at a checkpoint X-ray machine, officials said.

Joseph Fusillo, 42, was arrested by Port Authority police and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The Port Authority, which operates the airport, said airport operations were not impacted.

The Transportation Security Administration said Fusillo was ticketed on a flight to Sarasota, Fla., but did not name the airline or flight number.

Court records indicate that the weapons charge was for possession of a loaded firearm. Court records also indicate that he was ordered held on $10,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail and that he paid cash bail and was released. He is due back in court July 22.

Attempts to reach Fusillo by telephone Tuesday were unsuccessful.

The incident marked the fifth time this year TSA officers have stopped a passenger from boarding a plane at Kennedy with a gun.

Passengers are permitted to travel with a firearm in checked baggage if the weapon is legal and has been properly packaged and declared, officials said Tuesday. Any weapon must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked -- and packed separately from its ammunition, the TSA said.

Rules, however, vary by state and local jurisdiction.

Travelers can face jail time and be fined up to $11,000 if arrested with prohibited items at the airport, the TSA said.

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