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Southwest co-pilot had gun in carry-on at Albany International Airport, TSA says

Deputies charge pilot with weapons offense
Updated 6:26 pm, Monday, April 17, 2017

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The Transportation Security Administration said they found this .380-caliber handgun in the carry-on bag of a Southwest co-pilot who was going through the security checkpoint at Albany International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration said they found this .380-caliber handgun in the carry-on bag of a Southwest co-pilot who was going through the security checkpoint at Albany International Airport.

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What the TSA found in travelers’ bags in 2016

Transportation Security Administration officials found all sorts of sharp, incendiary and explosive devices this year at airports around the country. We’ve compiled a list of the zaniest contraband discovered in 2016. Keep clicking to see our picks.[1]

Jan. 1 – 7

All of the knives pictured were discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at IAH.

Jan. 1 – 7

All of the knives pictured were discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at IAH. Photo: File/TSA

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Jan. 1 – 7

This gas-powered chain saw emitting fuel vapors was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O Hare (ORD). Chain saws can only be packed in checked baggage if they re empty of all fuel and cleaned so that no fuel vapors or residue are noticeable. If fuel vapors are noticeable, it will be considered a hazardous material and will be removed from checked baggage by the airline. This gas-powered chain saw emitting fuel vapors was discovered in a checked bag at Chicago O Hare (ORD). Chain saws can only be packed in checked baggage if they re empty of all fuel and cleaned

Feb. 12 – 18

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at LAS, AUS, AUS, IAH, PHX, IAH and TYR.

Feb. 12 – 18

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at LAS, AUS, AUS, IAH, PHX, IAH and TYR. Photo: File/TSA

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Feb. 26 – March 3

The Katana swords were discovered in a carry-on bag at IAH, and the machete was found in a carry-on on bag at JFK.

Feb. 26 – March 3

The Katana swords were discovered in a carry-on bag at IAH, and the machete was found in a carry-on on bag at JFK. Photo: File/TSA

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March 11 – 17

An oversized bottle of liquor was detected in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW). Not only was the large bottle of liquor prohibited, but so were the five dead endangered seahorses that were inside the bottle. Michigan Fish and Game responded and confiscated the bottle. An oversized bottle of liquor was detected in a carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW). Not only was the large bottle of liquor prohibited, but so were the five dead endangered seahorses that were inside

March 11 – 17

An item with an organic mass and protruding wires triggered an alarm resulting in a bag search at New York Kennedy (JFK). The suspicious item ended up being what the traveler described as abstract art. DIY art and electronic projects can look a lot like explosives. Please keep this in mind when packing your bags and possibly consider shipping the item instead of packing it. An item with an organic mass and protruding wires triggered an alarm resulting in a bag search at New York Kennedy (JFK). The suspicious item ended up being what the traveler described as abstract

March 25 – 31

A throwing star was discovered in a carved-out compartment in a wooden cellphone case at Ontario (ONT).

March 25 – 31

A throwing star was discovered in a carved-out compartment in a wooden cellphone case at Ontario (ONT). Photo: File/TSA

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April 1 – 7

All of these items were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Gillette Campbell County Airport (GCC) in Wyoming.

April 1 – 7

All of these items were discovered in a carry-on bag at the Gillette Campbell County Airport (GCC) in Wyoming. Photo: File/TSA

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April 22 – 28

A powder horn full of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ). Black powder and all other forms of gun powder are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. A powder horn full of black powder was discovered in a carry-on bag at Albuquerque (ABQ). Black powder and all other forms of gun powder are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked

May 6 – 12

All of these prohibited items were discovered this week in a traveler’s carry-on bag at LaGuardia (LGA).

May 6 – 12

All of these prohibited items were discovered this week in a traveler’s carry-on bag at LaGuardia (LGA). Photo: File/TSA

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May 20 – 26

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, SAN, EWR, JFK, TPA, CHS and PVD

May 20 – 26

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at IAH, SAN, EWR, JFK, TPA, CHS and PVD

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June 10 – 16

150 rounds of 9mm ammunition were discovered concealed in a power supply in a checked bag. Ammunition is permitted in checked baggage when packed properly.

June 10 – 16

150 rounds of 9mm ammunition were discovered concealed in a power supply in a checked bag. Ammunition is permitted in checked baggage when packed properly. Photo: File/TSA

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June 24 – 30

These fireworks were discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Piedmont Triad (GSO). Fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Read our 4th of July Travel Tips for more info.

June 24 – 30

These fireworks were discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Piedmont Triad (GSO). Fireworks are prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Read our 4th of July Travel Tips for more info. Photo: File/TSA

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July 1 – 14

(L-R) These hatchets were discovered in carry-on bags at Burbank (BUR), Billings (BIL) and Anchorage (ANC).

July 1 – 14

(L-R) These hatchets were discovered in carry-on bags at Burbank (BUR), Billings (BIL) and Anchorage (ANC). Photo: File/TSA

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July 29 – Aug. 4

One of the 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week was a printed firearm. It was assembled with parts made from a 3D printer. While it was a realistic replica, it was loaded with live ammunition. This was a good catch from the TSA team at Reno (RNO)! While firearms are permitted in checked baggage, we strongly suggest making yourself familiar with local laws prior to flying with a printed firearm. One of the 68 firearms discovered in carry-on bags this week was a printed firearm. It was assembled with parts made from a 3D printer. While it was a realistic replica, it was loaded with live

Aug. 5 – 11

A knife was discovered concealed in a pill bottle at San Francisco (SFO). All knives are prohibited and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.

Aug. 5 – 11

A knife was discovered concealed in a pill bottle at San Francisco (SFO). All knives are prohibited and concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. Photo: File/TSA

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Sept. 23 – 29

These 5-bladed floggers were discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (IAH). All bladed items should be packed in checked baggage.

Sept. 23 – 29

These 5-bladed floggers were discovered in a carry-on bag at Houston (IAH). All bladed items should be packed in checked baggage. Photo: File/TSA

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Sept. 23 – 29

You can t see it, but underneath the modeling clay and duct tape is a loaded 9mm firearm inside of a computer. It was discovered in a checked bag at Houston (IAH). Firearms are permitted in checked bags, but they have to be declared, unloaded and properly packed. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. You can t see it, but underneath the modeling clay and duct tape is a loaded 9mm firearm inside of a computer. It was discovered in a checked bag at Houston (IAH). Firearms are permitted in

Oct. 7 – 13

Clockwise from the top, the pictured items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, BNA, LAS, SAN, DTW and LYH.

Oct. 7 – 13

Clockwise from the top, the pictured items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, BNA, LAS, SAN, DTW and LYH. Photo: File/TSA

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Oct. 14 – 20

This pen-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI). All knives are prohibited. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags.

Oct. 14 – 20

This pen-knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kansas City (MCI). All knives are prohibited. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest. All knives must be packed in checked bags. Photo: File/TSA

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Nov. 14 – 20

A one-pound container of black powder (gun powder) was discovered in a checked bag at Bozeman (BZN). Black powder is strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Nov. 14 – 20

A one-pound container of black powder (gun powder) was discovered in a checked bag at Bozeman (BZN). Black powder is strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage. Photo: File/TSA

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Nov. 21 – 27

This replica flashbang grenade (containing hot sauce) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kahului (OGG). Anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. We don t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. This replica flashbang grenade (containing hot sauce) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Kahului (OGG). Anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. We

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

Clockwise from the top, the knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, IAH, CLE, SBA, BWI, TUL, SAN, BUR and BZN.

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

Clockwise from the top, the knives were discovered in carry-on bags at BUF, IAH, CLE, SBA, BWI, TUL, SAN, BUR and BZN. Photo: File/TSA

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Dec. 4 – 11

Clockwise from the top: Batarang (PVD), Comb Knife (SJC), Knife (RIC), Dagger (SAN) and Gun Knife (DSM)

Dec. 4 – 11

Clockwise from the top: Batarang (PVD), Comb Knife (SJC), Knife (RIC), Dagger (SAN) and Gun Knife (DSM) Photo: File/TSA

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Southwest co-pilot had gun in carry-on at Albany International Airport, TSA says

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COLONIE – A co-pilot for a Southwest Airlines flight was arrested on a weapons charge after security at Albany International Airport found a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration. New Orleans resident Erick Gibson, 55, on Monday was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon after a TSA officer operating the X-ray machine at the Albany airport’s security checkpoint spotted the .380-caliber handgun in the pilot’s bag, according to Sheriff Craig Apple.

TSA said the gun was loaded with six bullets. Gibson’s bag wasn’t screened before his flight from New Orleans to Albany the previous night, according to a Dallas News report. Gibson has worked with Southwest for nine years, Apple said. It’s the second time in less than a month that a passenger was caught with a handgun in carry-on luggage. On March 27, a man was arrested after he was caught with a handgun in his bag.

Albany County Sheriff’s deputies who were called to the checkpoint took the weapon. Gibson was released on $200 bail, Apple said. TSA said the Southwest flight to Chicago was delayed for four hours.

References

  1. ^ Transportation Security Administration (blog.tsa.gov)
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