On Monday, May 7, 2012 at approximately 4:10 pm (EST), alert TSA security officers at T.F. Green Airport detected a disassembled firearm during the screening process at the TSA security checkpoint. The firearm was artfully concealed inside three stuffed animals in the carry-on bag of a child who was traveling with his father. Rhode Island Airport Police responded and conducted a bag search of the child�s carry-on bag where they found the items that caught the TSA officer�s attention - the main frame of a .40 caliber firearm inside one stuffed animal, a magazine loaded with two .40 caliber rounds and a firing pin inside a second stuffed animal, and a slide release lever inside a third stuffed animal. RIAC police confiscated the disassembled firearm, magazine and ammunition and interviewed the father. He and his son were allowed continue on their flight on Pinnacle 4036 (Providence-Detroit). The matter remains under investigation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A man traveling with his 4-year-old son claims he didn't know that the three stuffed animals his little boy put on a conveyor belt at T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, contained parts that could be assembled into a loaded handgun, the Transportation Security Administration says.
A TSA officer watched as a carry-on bag containing a stuffed teddy bear, a bunny rabbit and a Mickey Mouse toy went through a checkpoint X-ray machine Monday. The officer spotted the disassembled firearm components and ammunition concealed inside each of the stuffed animals, the TSA said.
Officers notified the Rhode Island Airport Police and conducted a search of the bag.
Inside the toys, officials say, they found the mainframe of a .40-caliber firearm, a magazine with two .40-caliber rounds, a firing pin and a slide.
The TSA says law enforcement officers interviewed the man, who stated he was unaware that there were gun parts inside the toys.
The items were confiscated and the father and son were allowed to continue their flight to Detroit.
Law enforcement agents continue to investigate the incident.
"This is just another example that threats can appear anywhere, and this is why TSA officers take a closer look at everything," the agency said in a news release. "It's also an example that shows that even though TSA has modified the screening process for children 12 and under, the security process is still just as effective."