Southwest Co-Pilot Arrested With Loaded Handgun in Carry-On

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms

Ironically, I’m writing this at 39,000 feet.

A Southwest Airlines co-pilot was arrested Monday after security at Albany International Airport found a .380-caliber gun during a routine screening of the man’s carry-on.

New Orleans resident Erick Gibson, 55, on Monday was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon after a TSA officer operating the X-ray machine at the Albany airport’s security checkpoint spotted the .380-caliber handgun in the pilot’s bag, according to Sheriff Craig Apple.

According to a Dallas News report, Gibson’s bag wasn’t screened before his flight from New Orleans to Albany the previous night. Gibson told authorities he forgot the firearm was in his bag.

TSA confirmed Gibson’s firearm was loaded with six bullets.

“This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public,” said Bart R. Johnson, the TSA’s Upstate New York

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