Man packs gun in carry-on, arrested

A 42-year-old Chester County man was arrested at the Philadelphia International Airport Thursday night after a TSA screener found a loaded, .25 caliber handgun tucked inside his carry-on luggage, police said.

The man was preparing to depart from Philadelphia around 7 p.m. when a TSA agent noticed the gun as his bag was being scanned. The agent called police, and the man was arrested without incident, said Lt. John Walker, of the Southwest Detective Division.

The unidentified man was being held at the Southwest Detective Division, headquartered at 55th Street near Pine, Thursday night, Walker said.

It was unclear whether the man knew that the gun was inside of his bag, Walker said. He’ll likely be charged with reckless endangerment and possession of an instrument of crime, Walker said, adding that the man has a valid permit to carry a firearm.

Joseph Picklo, 29, of Dallas, Pa., was arrested Thursday morning for trying to board a plane to San Francisco with firecrackers - among other questionable items - that were packed in his carry-on bag.