NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) — A New Jersey man was charged with carrying a loaded handgun onto his flight on Friday, officials said.

A TSA officer who was staffing a checkpoint X-ray monitor at Newark Liberty International Airport found the weapon inside the New Egypt resident’s carry-on bag, according to authorities. TSA officials then alerted Port Authority police, who confiscated the handgun and arrested the man on weapons charges.

“Bringing a deadly weapon such as a loaded handgun to a security checkpoint is a very serious offense,” Thomas Carter, TSA’s federal security director for New Jersey, said in a statement.

Last year, TSA officers detected 5,972 guns at security checkpoints nationwide and 86% of them were loaded, according to officials. This recent incident puts the total number of handguns found at the Newark airport this year to nine.