An eagle-eyed passenger at Philadelphia International Airport spotted another passenger handing a bag directly to an airline employee — skipping airport security. The passenger alerted the TSA, who located the US Airways flight and searched the bag. Guess what was inside? An unloaded handgun.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says that Flight 1195 to Phoenix was delayed 4 hours due to the incident. The owner of the bag and the U.S. Airways worker are being questioned.
US Airways is, of course, taking it very seriously.
Safety and security is our first and foremost priority in everything we do,” Morgan Durrant, senior manager of corporate communications for the airline, said in an e-mailed statement. “We are cooperating with investigators fully and take security considerations very seriously. Further comment right now is not appropriate out of respect to the ongoing investigation.”
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Police: Handgun handed off at airport, gets on plane [Philadelphia Inquirer]