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Gun found on passenger at Rockford airport

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An early morning scare after security officers find a loaded gun in a passenger carry-on at the Chicago Rockford International Airport. A Rockford man is arrested after police say he tried to board a plane leaving from RFD with the loaded handgun.

Joseph Frisella's plans were to head down to Vegas but his final destination quickly became the Winnebago County Jail.

The Transportation Security Administration handles those items. And there's lots of them to have in mind while checking passenger baggage for clearance.

"It's a fairly frequent occurrence to have items people just aren't thinking about, 'oh yea, that's on the prohibited item list.'," said Zach Sundquist, RFD Manager of Air Service Development.

Airport security often deals with things like shampoo bottles or maybe toothpaste containers. But it's not often that a loaded gun comes through the line.

I talked with a woman who flew to RFD from Phoenix, Arizona. She was surprised to hear that a gun was found at the airport.

"It's very shocking. It's shocking to think that somebody would that bold to bring something through the security line that way and thinking that the security line wasn't going to discover it," said Carol Johnson, a traveler.

Carol Johnson says airport safety is something she's thought about often. When she hears stories like RFD's, she actually feels better about traveling.

"The system works on a daily basis. The fact that we're reporting that the gun was found at the checkpoint. That's a very good thing," said Zach Sundquist.

"Maybe sometimes think that it's a little less security going through a small airport. But it looks like maybe it's not, so they're still doing their job which is good," said Johnson.

Frisella is charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons.

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