Southwest Pilot Arrested After Loaded Gun Found in Bag
A Southwest Airlines pilot has been arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage, according to an airport statement on Nov. 15.
The 51-year-old pilot was scheduled to fly on flight 1106 to Las Vegas and was arrested by police at Terminal 2 checkpoint for “unlawful use of a weapon” after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials found the 9mm pistol, according to the statement.
Statement on pilot arrested for firearm at STL Checkpoint. https://t.co/22pkdnW3GT
— STL Airport (@flystl) November 15, 2017
The pilot did not carry a permit or any authorization to carry a firearm.
TSA Spokesperson Mark Howell said the pistol was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition when it was discovered in the Southwest employee’s carry-on bag, reported ABC news.
“We are aware of a situation involving a Southwest Pilot at St. Louis Airport. We are currently working alongside the appropriate authorities to gather more information. We have no further information to share at this time,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement on Nov. 15.
It is unclear whether the pilot will face any charges.
So far, 46 firearms have been found at security checkpoints by TSA officers in 2017, and 31 firearms in 2016 were found at St Louis airport checkpoints, according to Howell.
According to a TSA fact sheet, firearms are detected at airport security checkpoints on a daily basis.
“Travelers may only transport ammunition and unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage and are prohibited in carry-on baggage,” the fact sheet reads.
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