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The Transportation Security Administration says x-ray screeners at Roanoke Regional Airport found a stun gun Thursday inside a Boones Mill woman’s carry-on bag. Stun guns are not permitted aboard flights. The TSA says there was no disruption to airport operations, and the woman was permitted to continue on her flight to Philadelphia.

This comes one week to the day after Roanoke TSA screeners found a loaded handgun inside a Franklin County man’s carry-on bag.

(Continue reading for the full TSA news release.)

Here is the full Transportation Security Administration news release:

A Boones Mill, VA, resident was stopped at the Roanoke Regional Airport checkpoint yesterday (September 27) after a Transportation Security Administration officer detected a stun gun in her carry-on bag.

The woman surrendered the weapon after the officer detected it in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint x-ray machine. The woman was permitted to continue on her flight to Philadelphia. There was no impact to airport operations. 

As a reminder, weapons—including stun guns–are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.

Some weapons are permitted to be transported in checked baggage if properly packaged, but passengers should check with the airlines for proper procedures as well as checking into local laws before doing so.

Passengers can review the prohibited items list on the TSA homepage or they can download the free MyTSA application from the TSA homepage. The TSA web site and the MyTSA app have a “Can I Bring?” feature that allows users to type in items they plan to bring on a trip to get an explanation of TSA’s security policies for the item, including whether the item can be taken in carry-on luggage through the security checkpoint, packed in checked baggage, both, or neither.  The mobile app is available to download for free at