Southwest Pilot Caught Carrying Gun On Board

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A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested in Albany, New York, on Monday for trying to board his plane with a loaded handgun in one of his carry-on bags. TSA officers spotted the .380 caliber gun during a routine X-ray scan, the agency said in a news release. The gun was loaded with six bullets. The pilot said he was unaware the weapon was in the bag, a Southwest spokesperson said. He was taken into custody by the local sheriff and charged with criminal possession of a weapon. The pilot’s name was not released. The flight, bound for Chicago-Midway, was delayed for about four hours.

Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, but they can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline, according to the TSA. Travelers who bring firearms to a TSA checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from the TSA of up to $12,000, the TSA said.

Comments (4)

I thought there was a program for Pilots to be armed with a handgun?

Posted by: ROBERT ZIEGLER | April 19, 2017 1:21 AM    Report this comment

"Those who would give up essential liberties to gain temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security." - Benjamin Franklin

Chris Ishmael

Posted by: Chris Ishmael | April 19, 2017 7:49 AM    Report this comment


Posted by: Seth Hensel | April 19, 2017 1:28 PM    Report this comment

There IS a program allowing airline pilots to carry in the cockpit. It's called "Flight Deck Officer" and good for domestic flights only. I have several friends show are FDOs.

Posted by: MEL ASBERRY | April 19, 2017 2:18 PM    Report this comment

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