ALBANY – A first officer (co-pilot) was arrested at Albany International Airport (ALB) Monday morning after Transportation Security Administration officers discovered a loaded .380 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag. The gun was loaded with six bullets.
It marked the second gun that TSA officers have detected at the airport within the last four weeks. TSA officers detected a loaded .45 caliber handgun in a passenger’s carry-on bag on March 27th. Last year TSA officers at ALB caught two guns during all 12 months of 2016.
TSA officers detected the gun among the Southwest co-pilot’s carry-on items as he entered the airport checkpoint. As TSA officers were screening carry-on items, the TSA officer who was operating the x-ray machine detected what appeared to be a handgun in a carry-on bag.
The TSA officer immediately contacted the Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy who was assigned to the checkpoint, who responded, confiscated the firearm and arrested the pilot on a weapons charge.
The flight, bound for Chicago-Midway Airport, was delayed for approximately four hours.