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Southwest Airlines pilot busted for trying to bring gun on plane


A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested at the St. Louis, Mo., airport Wednesday for packing heat, according to reports.
The 51-year-old first officer, whose name has not been released, was detained at a TSA checkpoint about 5 a.m., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He was about to board Flight 1106 to Las Vegas, according to Jeff Lea, a spokesman for St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the pilot was a crew member on that flight or was simply deadheading to a next stop.
Officials did not say how many rounds of ammunition were in his 9 mm handgun, for which Lea said the first officer did not have a permit.
The pilot was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon. His case will be turned over to St. Louis County prosecutors for consideration of charges, the paper reported.
TSA rep Sari Koshetz, told the Post-Dispatch in an email that the incident involved one pilot and that the weapon was loaded.
Southwest Airlines said in an email: “We are aware of a situation involving a Southwest Pilot at St. Louis Airport. We are currently working alongside the appropriate authorities to gather more information. We have no further information to share at this time.”
According to online flight records, the flight, which was scheduled to leave St. Louis at 5:15 a.m., left about 45 minutes late.
TSA regulations require that a firearm be unloaded and put into checked luggage, and that the owner notify the airline before boarding.
Federal law defines a loaded firearm as having a live round in the chamber or in a magazine that is in the firearm.

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