Southwest Airlines Co-Pilot Arrested For Bringing Loaded Gun To Airport

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ALBANY, New York (CBSDFW.COM) –  A first officer was arrested at Albany International Airport Monday after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a loaded .380 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag.

The TSA said the firearm was loaded with six bullets.

TSA officers detected the firearm among the Southwest co-pilot’s carry-on items as he entered the airport checkpoint, the agency said in a news release.

The TSA officer immediately contacted the Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy who was assigned to the checkpoint, who responded, confiscated the firearm and arrested the pilot on a weapons charge. The flight, bound for Chicago-Midway Airport, was delayed for approximately four hours.

“This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public,” said TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson. “I am grateful to the support that the Albany County Sheriff’s Office provides to TSA on a daily basis.”

“The security of Albany International Airport is one of my top priorities for the sheriff’s office and this incident highlights the importance of the work we do there,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr.

While firearms, firearm parts and ammunition are not permitted in carry-on bags, they can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.

People who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

 

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  1. I think all pilots should carry sidearms… I was in Russia in 1984 and all pilots I saw had sidearms……in clear view…..very few Russian planes were hijacked…..maybe we should try that for awhile and see if that helps….

  2. ““This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public,” said TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson. “I am grateful to the support that the Albany County Sheriff’s Office provides to TSA on a daily basis.””

    No, it doesn’t!! What would have been the impact of this weapon going on board the aircraft? Nothing. Nada. No impact at all. The Kabuki Theater scores a point for keeping half of a weapon system off the aircraft. Have you ever heard of the FFDO? That is a program that arms and trains pilots to carry firearms on board the aircraft.

    It is NOT firearms that are dangerous, it is PEOPLE that are dangerous. Our system of security goes after the lesser half of the weapons system, the firearm. We completely ignore the larger half of the equation, the person who can get a boxcutter or other means of physical tyranny to accomplish a nefarious purpose.

    Don’t allow the media and so-called security experts brain-wash you with illogical drivel. There is a threat, and we are not addressing it.

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