Once again, the TSA fails to stop someone taking a loaded firearm through security. What makes this interesting, is that the individual in question (Mr Hinkle) realized his mistake and decided to go back to the security checkpoint and own up to his error.
Rather then thanking the individual for his honesty and using the situation as a better train their agents to detect firearms, they charged Mr. Hinkle with a misdemeanor. The moral of the story seems to be, “If the TSA is too incompetent to do their job well, keep your mouth shut and don’t tell anyone.”
Honestly, I’m not sure what is more disturbing: That Mr Hinkle failed to keep track of his firearm or that the TSA failed to notice it in the security screening when the person in question made no effort to hide it. It begs the question of just how (in)effective the TSA would be against a person determined to bring a loaded firearm or other weapon onto a plane.