Om Wednesday night, TSA screeners at Newark International Airport in N.J. discovered an AK-47 style automatic rifle and loaded magazines in man's luggage on a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Chicago.
Newark Port Authority police arrested 23-year-old Adam Urbano, from Valparaiso, Indiana after he tried to bring a Soviet-style AK-47 onto a Chicago-bound flight from Newark-Liberty Airport.
TSA baggage screeners notified Port Authority police after discovering the AK-47 assault rifle and three loaded clips in Urbano’s checked baggage, according the PAPD.
A Port Authority Police spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo said Urbano was taken into custody at Terminal A at approximately 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Pentangelo said the Indiana resident told officers he had purchased the weapon, which was in a soft case, and 70 rounds of ammunition, for recreational purposes.
Urbano told police that he had flown from Chicago's Midway Airport on April 17, when he checked the gun with Southwest and then picked it up at the baggage carousel after arriving at Newark Liberty, though police could not confirm the account. Pentangelo added that a report of Wednesday's incident did not include an explanation by Urbano as to why he then tried to carry the weapon on board his return flight.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Adam Urbano didn't properly pack or declare the weapon at the time of check-in. After Port Authority Police were called to Newark Airport Terminal A, the man was arrested on a state weapons charge after he failed to produce the required legal documents.
The Associated Press reports that Adam Urbano is being held on $50,000 bail, charged with unlawful possession of an assault firearm and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
The website CliffViewPilot.com said the weapon, which resembles an AK-47 was a VZ2000-model rifle made by Ohio Ordinance Works.
In November, 2013, Paul Anthony Ciancia walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and opened fire, killing Transportation Security Administration agent, Gerardo Hernandez and wounding several others at the airport. Ciancia made his way through a TSA screening area and into an airport terminal, where he continued firing shots. LAX Airport Police confirmed that several other people were injured in the shooting, including two other TSA employees.
Earlier in April, the United States Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released recommendations to improve workplace safety for TSA airport-based employees.