A Southwest Airlines co-pilot was arrested Monday at Albany International Airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration.
The .380-caliber handgun containing six bullets was discovered as the co-pilot — who was not identified — went through a security checkpoint, the TSA said. The flight, which was headed to Chicago Midway International Airport, was delayed four hours after the man was arrested by an Albany County sheriff's deputy on a weapons charge, the TSA said.
This is the second time since late March that a loaded weapon was discovered at the airport. On March 27, a man had a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and an extra ammunition magazine — a total of 14 bullets — among his carry-on items, officials at the time said.
“This incident highlights the importance of what TSA and its dedicated security officers do each and every day in protecting the flying public,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s upstate New York federal security director, in the release. “I am grateful to the support that the Albany County Sheriff’s Office provides to TSA on a daily basis.”
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