Pilot charged after loaded gun found by baggage screeners

Image Source Eric Salard  CC BY-SA 2.0  MGN

Image Source Eric Salard CC BY-SA 2.0 MGN

A Southwest Airlines co-pilot was arrested Monday at an airport in NY state after authorities discovered a gun loaded with six bullets in his carry-on, the Transportation Security Administration said.

Apple said Gibson, who has been a pilot for nine years, was charged with misdemeanor weapon possession and released on $200 bail.

TSA said the gun was loaded with six bullets. The Dallas-based airline declined to release the pilot's name.

Last year, TSA officers found two guns at the same airport in carry-on bags.

"This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public", TSA's Upstate New York Federal Security Director Bart R. Johnson said in a statement.

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Gibson told authorities he forgot he was carrying the gun, Apple said.

The Albany County sheriff, whose office arrested the pilot, wasn't immediately available for comment.

Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from from Albany to Chicago endured a four-hour delay Monday after the co-pilot of the plane was arrested for packing a loaded handgun.

The pilot faces possible criminal charges as well as civil penalties of up to $12,000.

The man was arrested in NY on Monday (April 17), where he was supposed to pilot a flight to Chicago, according to Fox News.

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