Airport police confiscated a handgun and ammunition from a passenger at Eppley Airfield who had the items in a carry-on bag.
The passenger told Transportation Security Administration officers he forgot the items were in the bag. The incident occurred about 10 a.m. Monday at the airport's north security checkpoint.
The .380 caliber Kel-Tec was unloaded, but a magazine in the bag contained six rounds, said Carrie Harmon, a TSA spokeswoman, in an email. Omaha Airport Authority police seized the weapon and ammunition and interviewed the passenger.
Nationwide, TSA officers found about 1,550 firearms in passengers' carry-on bags in 2012, Harmon said. Firearms, ammunition, firearms parts and replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage.
Such items can be placed in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during check-in. Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container.