Flight attendant attempts to bring loaded gun to Philly airport; Airport cop accidentally discharges weapon
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – A flight attendant was detained and subsequently charged with disorderly conduct after she tried to pass through the Philadelphia International Airport security with a loaded gun in her purse, causing alarm when a police accidentally discharged the weapon while securing it last Sunday.
Authorities said a Transportation Security Administration employee screener found the .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Airweight revolver in the belongings of Republic Airlines flight attendant Jaclyn Luby and informed the police.
The flight attendant was escorted to a separate screening room, where an airport police officer attempted to unload the gun, before it accidentally discharged. No one was reported hurt.
Police said that Luby from West Chester, Pennsylvania had a valid Chester County permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The flight attendant, who has been flying for more than five years, claimed she forgot that her gun was in her handbag.
The permit was confiscated and surrendered to the Chester County Sheriff while the weapon was taken by the crime scene unit for examination.
Luby was charged with disorderly conduct and was released.
The officer who handled the flight attendant’s gun is on desk duty pending a thorough investigation, police said.