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Southwest Pilot Arrested for Bringing Gun to the Airport

Southwest Pilot Arrested for Bringing Gun to the Airport

A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport for bringing a loaded gun in his carry-on bag, airport officials said Thursday. They say a 9mm pistol was discovered in his carry-on luggage.

The statement says the 51-year-old pilot didn't have any authorization to carry a firearm on the Las Vegas-bound flight.

An eyewitness who was at the airport tells TMZ the pilots were at the TSA security checkpoint when 2 law enforcement officers handcuffed both pilots. However, St. Louis County Police tell Fox 2 that they are not now investigating the incident. A spokesman in the prosecutor's office said no charges had been filed at this point. They will decide if and when the pilot will be charged.

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TSA regulations require that a firearm be unloaded and put into checked luggage, and that the owner notify the airline before boarding. That flight continued to LAX.

Passengers arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday morning and each received a $100 voucher. The Wednesday incident was the 46th time the airport's security agents have found a weapon during a check, compared to 31 in 2016, according to the TSA.


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