A Hicksville woman was charged with unlawful possession of pistol ammunition after being stopped at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Kennedy Airport as she tried to board a flight with nine boxes of ammunition in her carry-on bag, authorities said.
Port Authority police said officers were dispatched to Terminal 4 at 7:22 p.m. Tuesday after TSA agents spotted the ammunition in the bag.
The woman, identified by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as Corrinne Bellucci, 43, told the TSA agents the ammunition belonged to her son and that she had grabbed the wrong bag. Bellucci did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment Friday.
According to the TSA, the ammunition included 9-millimeter bullets, as well as 12-gauge shotgun shells and .308 caliber and .223 rounds. The latter three types are not associated with pistols.
The TSA said the total amount of rounds and cartridges in the carry-on totaled close to 400. The Port Authority said only that more than 200 rounds of ammunition were confiscated.
The Port Authority said Bellucci was issued a criminal summons for unlawful possession of pistol ammunition and released. The TSA said Bellucci also faces a federal civil penalty.
There are federal guidelines for the legal transit of firearms and ammunition on flights. That information can be found on the official TSA website.
"This is an excellent opportunity to remind travelers that it is always best to start with a completely empty bag when packing for a flight to ensure that you don't have any prohibited items inside," John Bambury, the TSA federal security director at Kennedy Airport, said in a statement. "Not only is it important to know that you have not packed anything prohibited or illegal into your luggage, it is just as important to know which bag is yours to ensure you are familiar with its contents."
With Lorena Mongelli