I was amused by the article. Less so by the comments here.
The man with the gun was cited and released, directed to appear in court to explain his misdemeanor. I'm sure the fact that he returned to the checkpoint will be taken into account in state court.
This is far nicer treatment than he would have received if "caught" with the firearm in the sterile area, on board the aircraft or in the airport at his destination. For one thing, the likelihood of Federal charges is far higher.
>>For those who carry, is the situation that you would immediately be aware of your gun in a potentially dangerous situation? Thus, waiting in a boring line at the airport isn't inherently dangerous, so you're relaxed and not aware you're carrying.
People who carry concealed routinely and have been trained to do so properly tend to experience the firearm as a natural extension of themselves. Are you aware of your watch? Your underwear? Your glasses? You'd notice if your underwear rode up, your watch fell off or your glasses slipped, but otherwise they are part of the background sensations.
In fact, the art of spotting concealed firearms depends on observing the suspect's behavior. Most illicit carries are in the waistband right side, in a pocket, or (less common) small of the back. Legal carry is often a shoulder holster or pocket gun (hammerless revolver).
I'm kind of amused that he got through TSA, clearly all the screeners at his station were having an off day. In the days of competence, before TSA, a "Security Exemplar" (imitation gun) would be run through each station weekly, and failing a gun test was immediate termination.
The entire reason this guy made it past TSA was BECAUSE he forgot he was carrying it. If he knew and decided to carry it anyway (illegal), he would have exhibited the nervousness cues, gun-tapping, change in stance etc. that screeners, some police and all Secret Service are trained to spot.
As for the lesson this is supposed to teach: firearms are serious business and a CCW permit holder should know better.