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A Buffalo, IN man, identified as Jordan Aloysius Carlson, was charged after a loaded gun was found last week in his carry-on bag as he tried to bring it through a TSA checkpoint at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
The Star Tribune is reporting that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers made the discovery at a Terminal 1 checkpoint on November 1st. Carlson was randomly selected for additional screening. A TSA officer noticed the handgun on the X-ray screen and Airport Police were called. Airport Police charged him with presenting a prohibited item at a checkpoint screening. He was booked and released and the investigation is still ongoing.
The 22-year-old man has only been identified as an airline employee, but his employer has not been identified. From his mugshot, it looks like he is a pilot.
Last month, I wrote about how the TSA stopped 1,820 Firearms at Airport Checkpoints Nationwide in Q3 2023. A loaded gun actually fell from a passenger’s laptop bag as he unzipped it at a security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in August (more here). It’s not just passengers who are armed. Last week, a Delta Air Lines pilot allegedly threatened to repeatedly shoot the captain while in flight if the plane made an emergency diversion to aid a passenger needing medical attention. The pilot legally was able to carry the firearm into the cockpit, but the incident that unfolded is extremely troubling (more here).
Anthony’s Take: Guns and airplanes do not mix. Passengers should leave them at home and employees should definitely know better. Hopefully, this was a careless mistake and not something more nefarious.
(Image Credits: MSP Airport Police and TSA.)
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