Pilot charged after loaded gun found by baggage screeners

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

According to a report by the Associated Press, 55-year-old Erik Gibson was arrested at Albany International Airport on Monday morning when Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded gun in his carry-on bag during routine screening.

The.380-caliber handgun containing six bullets was discovered as the co-pilot - who was not identified - went through a security checkpoint, the TSA said.

TSA officers at the same airport found two guns in 2016.

The man has been identified by the TSA as a first officer with Southwest Airlines.

A Southwest Airlines co-pilot was taken into custody for trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun at Albany International Airport on Monday.

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"This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public", Bart R. Johnson, TSA's Upstate New York federal security director, says.

The TSA said Gibson was released on $200 bail, and the flight to Chicago was delayed by four hours.

According to the TSA, individuals who bring firearms to the security checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges and a fine up to $12,000.

Meanwhile, the arrest sent Southwest scrambling to find a new co-pilot for the Chicago-Midway-bound flight, delaying departure by almost four hours.

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