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April 9, 2013

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Replica handgun found in carry-on at Plattsburgh Airport

PLATTSBURGH — During check-in at Plattsburgh International Airport on Saturday, an X-ray machine illuminated what appeared to be a handgun but proved to be a realistic replica firearm that was actually a lighter.

Transportation Security Agency officers contacted the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, which responded to the checkpoint. 

“If a passenger had pulled out this replica while on board a plane, it could easily have passed as real,” a TSA release said.

There was no impact to airport operations, and the man was permitted to catch his flight to Fort Lauderdale — without the gun/lighter.

Realistic replica weapons are not permitted in carry-on baggage, the TSA said. 

Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice is to look through them thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items or replicas that might be mistaken for actual weapons. 

Travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport. In 2012, TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered in passenger carry-on bags.

Passengers can check out the prohibited-items list or download the free MyTSA app on the TSA homepage, www.tsa.gov. Both have a “Can I Bring?” feature that allows users to type in items and get an explanation of security policies, including whether what can be taken in carry-on luggage through the security checkpoint, packed in checked baggage, both, or neither.

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ELCS Board expects to adopt budget April 17

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board will hold a third meeting to work on the budget at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, with the regular School Board session to follow in the Conference Room. 

There may be possible video or phone conferencing by a board member, a press release said.  

During the meetings, it’s anticipated the board will adopt the proposed 2013-14 spending plan for voter consideration; recognize various student and staff accomplishments; receive draft revision of the support staff terms of employment; and hold second readings of two policies.

All are welcome.

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