On Monday, a Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested with a loaded gun at Albany Global Airport in New York.
The incident transpired following a Transportation Protection Administration officer at a protection checkpoint detected a gun in the unnamed pilot’s checked bag.
TSA officials notified a nearby Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy who took the pilot into custody.
“Persons who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to probable criminal rates from regulation enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $twelve,000,” the company explained in a assertion.
The .380 caliber pistol, which was loaded with 6 bullets, has been confiscated the Sheriff’s section.
In a assertion to Enterprise Insider, Southwest Airlines wrote:
“A Southwest Airlines very first officer was detained at the Albany Global Airport protection checkpoint just before his scheduled flight to Chicago Midway Airport today. The Pilot indicated that he was unaware a weapon was in his carryon bag. We sincerely apologize to the travellers who were being rebooked on some others flights or who skilled a delay just before a substitution Pilot arrived.
We will conduct an inner investigation bordering the function and continue to function along with the area authorities, as vital.”
According to the TSA, the pilot’s flight to Chicago Midway Airport was delayed 4 several hours as a result of the incident.
“This incident highlights the worth of what TSA and its devoted protection officers do every and just about every working day in defending the flying general public,” TSA’s Upstate New York Federal Protection Director Bart R. Johnson explained in a assertion. “I am grateful to the assistance that the Albany County Sheriff’s Office presents to TSA on a each day foundation.”