Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A Southwest Airline co-pilot had been arrested at Albany International Airport in upstate New York on Monday after he allegedly attempted to carry a loaded handgun through security onto his flight to Chicago-Midway Airport.
The unnamed officer tried to transport a 380 caliber handgun which was loaded with six bullets through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, where agents made the discovery in his caryy-on bag.
A statement by Southwest Airlines said that, the pilot did not realize the loaded weapon was in his carry-on bag.
Meanwhile, the arrest sent Southwest scrambling to find a new co-pilot for the Chicago-Midway bound flight, delaying departure by nearly four hours. Some passengers were re-booked while others waited out the delay.
The suspect was detained while local police were called to the scene. The co-pilot was arrested on a weapons charge and faces up to a $12,000 charge.
The TSA reminds passengers it is their responsibility to check their carry-on bags to make sure they are in compliance with federal aviation regulations.