A Connecticut man arrested by Port Authority Police on Monday morning for allegedly trying to bring a handgun through the security checkpoint at JFK Airport was released on bail Tuesday.
A Port Authority spokesperson identified the man as Kenneth Edward Wynne, Sr., 57, of New Canaan, Conn.
Transportation Security Administration officers allegedly detected the .22-caliber firearm in Wynne’s carry-on bag as he was passing through an airport checkpoint. The TSA officer at the checkpoint X-Ray machine allegedly detected the handgun inside a gun case that was tucked in the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. Wynne, who was headed for Aruba, allegedly told officials that he forgot that he had the gun with him.
A relative of Wynne’s told a Connecticut newspaper that he has a concealed carry permit and a pistol permit for Connecticut.
Upon allegedly detecting the gun, TSA officers contacted the Port Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Port Authority Police. He is due back in court Aug. 1.
Passengers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA up to $11,000.