MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 46-year-old Marion man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on luggage at the Myrtle Beach International Airport, officials confirmed.
Allen George Querubin was arrested after a loaded .38 handgun was found in his carry-on bag at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, officials with the TSA and Horry County Police confirmed. TSA immediately notified airport police, who took possession of the bag and arrested Querubin.
Querubin told police that he received an emergency call from his boss telling him that he had to make an immediate flight to Mexico due to a job emergency, and he quickly packed his luggage, forgetting he had a firearm in his backpack.
Querubin was taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, according to jail records. He remains incarcerated as of Monday morning.
TSA officials say that while firearms can be transported in checked baggage, provided they are declared to the airline, unloaded, and in a proper carrying case, they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
Passengers are also reminded by the TSA to thoroughly search their bags for any prohibited items before the flight.
"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."
This is the fourth firearm discovered at a security checkpoint at MYR this year; three were found at MYR in 2014, according to a TSA news release.