( 4UMF NEWS ) Flight Attendant’s Gun Discharges At Airport:
There was quite a scene Sunday morning at Philadelphia International Airport’s security checkpoints. It all started just before 7 a.m. ET when an apparently forgetful flight attendant for a US Airways Express affiliate brought a loaded handgun to the security checkpoint. The firearm then was accidentally discharged by a Philadelphia police officer.
US Airways confirmed the incident to NBC 10 of Philadelphia, saying the attendant — employed by US Airways’ regional partner Republic Airlines — brought the loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver to the checkpoint, according to WPVI TV of Philadelphia.
The 26-year-old attendant was stopped at the Philadelphia’s Terminal C checkpoints, where Transportation Security Administration spotted the weapon in her carry-on handbag as it went though screening, TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos tells The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The attendant — who reportedly has worked at Republic for more than 5 years — is licensed to carry a firearm, but investigators say she claims to have forgotten it was in her bag.
The Philadelphia Daily News writes “per protocol, police were called, (Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers) said, and when a responding officer was attempting to render the firearm safe, she accidentally fired it once. The bullet struck the floor, Evers said, and no one was injured.”
The attendant was briefly taken into custody and then released after receiving a summary citation for bringing the gun to a TSA security checkpoint. As for the officer who reportedly discharged the gun by accident, police spokesman Evers tells the Inquirer: “She will go back to training for handling weapons. She will be off the streets for a period of time.”