Police: Woman Caught With Stun Gun, Knife, at WC Airport

The 18-year-old woman was stopped at a security checkpoint at Westchester County Airport early Saturday morning.

An 18-year-old woman from Liberty, NY, faces misdemeanor charges after she attempted to board a flight at Westchester County Airport while carrying a stun gun and pocket knife early Saturday morning, police say.

Lynette-Rose Baum was stopped while passing security at about 7 a.m. when TSA staff found an illegal stun gun and a pocket knife in her carry-on luggage, police say. Westchester County Police were called in and Baum was arrested at the scene.

Baum was attempting to board a United Airlines flight to Chicago, where she attends college, after spending spring break at home, said Westchester County Police Captain Thomas Gleason.

Baum gave police no explanation for why she was carrying the weapons, Gleason said.

TSA officials confiscated the knife, which is not illegal to own in New York State, because it breaks TSA rules. County police confiscated the stun gun.

Westchester County Police charged Baum with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She is due in Rye Town court on April 25.

Dan Seidel April 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
She's an 18 yr old in college - she's uninformed on how to carry these items on a plane. She should be cut a break - I want my daughter to get a concealed carry permit (she'd still have to check the gun in her luggage), but she won't - we have a very sick world now. Had she placed the items in her luggage, there would be no arrest. See luggage/carryon rules and regs.
Dan Seidel April 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
She probably carried the items because of the many thefts that occur from luggage that is not allowed to be locked. What a country!
Nygee914 April 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Either way stun guns, tasers, and the like are illegal in New York. http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=$$PEN265.01$$@TXPEN0265.01+&LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=46379753+&TARGET=VIEW Read the law yourself. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for not obeying the law. And no she should not be given a break. The law should be equally applied in all situations. Trust me if it was a teenager with and ethnic or minority sounding name I doubt you would be championing their disregard for the law.


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