HANOVER, Md. - Transportation Security Administration officers detected dozens of fraudulent identification cards in the checked baggage of two passengers last Friday morning at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport.
TSA officials said both passengers were cited by Maryland Transportation Authority Police on state charges.
According to a news release, TSA officers opened a piece of checked baggage that alarmed for an unidentifiable object, which turned out to be a stack of fraudulent identification cards. The cards included multiple New York State driver's licenses and credit cards in different names.
TSA officers then contacted the Maryland Transportation Authority Police to alert them of the discovery. Police removed the two Nevada residents from the plane, began an investigation, confiscated the fraudulent cards and cited the men.
"When our Transportation Security Officers come upon something that is not a threat to security, but is believed to be illegal, we immediately contact our partners with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police and turn it over to them for appropriate follow-up," said TSA's BWI Federal Security Director Andrea R. Mishoe in a statement.