A flight attendant for U.S. Airways partner Republic Airways forgot to take a loaded gun out of her carry-on bag before boarding a flight to Dallas, according to NBC10.
TSA officials at the Philadelphia International Airport reportedly noticed the weapon, a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Airweight revolver, when the woman’s bags were being checked by security. They immediately contacted police, who took the woman into a secondary screening room.
But that’s when the real mayhem began.
In an effort to “secure” the gun, the police officer reportedly tried to unload it– and accidentally fired into a TSA break room where one employee was sitting.
Thankfully, no one was injured.
NBC10 has more:
The woman, who has been identified as Jaclyn Luby by WPVI, reportedly has a permit to carry the weapon. Though she has been a flight attendant for roughly five years, she says she simply forgot to take the gun out of her bag.
One passenger was skeptical of the claim. “You would expect she would be more vigilant about the fact she travels so much, that it should be second nature to her to basically check it out and check her bags out before coming to the airport,” traveler Brian Saldanha commented.
US Airways passenger Andrea Burger was more understanding: “We are human and everybody does make mistakes and I understand that even though she’s a seasoned veteran she needs to be careful, and I’m sure it will be a great learning opportunity for her.”
Luby has received a summary citation for disorderly conduct and was taken into custody, but soon released. The officer who accidentally fired the weapon into a TSA break room is on desk duty pending an internal investigation.
(H/T: Daily Mail)