Shanna Marie McLaughlin was detained at Orlando International Airport on Monday evening after she allegedly attempted to board a plane to Los Angeles with a loaded handgun in her bag. While the 26-year-old has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, everyone knows that bringing a loaded gun onto an airplane is an impossibility in this day and age.
McLaughlin told police she was previously unaware of the fact that her boyfriend had placed the .45 caliber Colt revolver in her bag.
Nevertheless, the model was jailed and charged with carrying a firearm in a place that is prohibited by law. Following her detainment last evening, she posted a $250 bond and has been released. Apparently, offenses like this aren't all that rare. FloridaToday.com reports:
"Our officers intercept several guns every day at checkpoints across the United States. In Orlando, last year we intercepted 28 guns that passengers brought to the checkpoint and year-to-date we have kept 19 guns from being carried in the cabin of planes leaving from Orlando," said Sari Koshetz, TSA spokeswoman. "Passengers need to remember that the last time they might have used a suitcase was for a road trip, and that they need to carefully inspect the contents of all luggage before coming to the airport. Our mission is to keep you safe and we do that every day."
This isn't the model's first brush with controversy. Last year, she made headlines when she participated in a photo shoot at the University of Central Florida, her alma mater. The photos, of course, included McLaughlin in revealing clothing. The shoot took place in a UCF locker room, which was the catalyst for some angst among college officials.