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RW F/A Puts Loaded Gun Thru TSA, Officer Fires It  
User currently offlinenzblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 637 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9662 times:

Flight Attendant Tries to Bring Loaded Gun Through Airport Security

Excerpt:

"A Republic Airlines flight attendant was detained and then charged with disorderly conduct after she attempted to pass through security at the Philadelphia International Airport with a loaded .38 revolver in her purse, triggering an incident in which police accidentally discharged the weapon while securing it, authorities said."

[Edited 2012-09-23 20:37:41]


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User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3392 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9622 times:

Quoting nzblue (Thread starter):
triggering an incident in which police accidentally discharged the weapon

seriously? Someone needs walking papers.


User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9512 times:

First of all, the F/A was a cretin for trying to get the revolver through and she'll probably plead memory loss as to why it was in her purse. The cop was a first class idiot. The best way would have been to put plasticuffs through the trigger guard and around the hammer, tighten it, and then take it down to the station for unloading. Is that model a single or double action. Either way, it takes quite a bit of pressure to turn the cylinder.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9412 times:

This FA got extremely lucky to not be handcuffed in front of everyone and escorted to jail like Amber Robillard did in IND in 2010. Article below, fair use:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/f...-with-gun-arrested-at-indy-airport



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5731 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9141 times:

The police ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED a firearm!?!?

This country is now ~OFFICIALLY~ going to hell in a hand basket.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16824 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8747 times:

I hope it discharged into a clearing barrel.


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User currently offlinePHLwok From United States of America, joined May 2007, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8648 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
The police ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED a firearm!?!?

I'd like to see more details, but from what I've seen, there was an abundance of stupidity that morning.


User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8524 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
I hope it discharged into a clearing barrel.

She (the cop) discharged it into the wall, according to one report; the Philadelphia Inquirer says the "ground". She broke the rule that if you are not familiar with the weapon, you are to call a boss who will clear it. So she's off to desk duty and retraining.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/lo...t_brought_to_airport_goes_off.html

She doesn't know how to clear a revolver?!  Wow!


PS Ironic name for the f/a's choice of weapon. Also replace "weight" with "head" to get appropriate description of the two people involved.

PPS Photo of type of gun involved: http://www.kygunco.com/products2.cfm...nd-wesson-637-38-special-airweight

[Edited 2012-09-24 08:07:19]

User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8446 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 3):

This FA got extremely lucky to not be handcuffed in front of everyone and escorted to jail like Amber Robillard did in IND in 2010

The saving grace for the current f/a appears to be that unlike Ms. Robillard, the current f/a has a carry permit. So the charge is in the nature of bringing a licensed weapon into a secure area rather than carrying an unlicensed weapon.


User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8412 times:

Most S&W Airweights sold are hammerless (442 & 642). The cop was an idiot if she doesn't know how to open a cylinder on a revolver, but it doesn't surprise me. Most cops aren't gun people.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16824 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8368 times:

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 7):
PPS Photo of type of gun involved: http://www.kygunco.com/products2.cfm...eight

Is the FA a NYPD detective from 1976?

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 8):


The saving grace for the current f/a appears to be that unlike Ms. Robillard, the current f/a has a carry permit.

In what State?



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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3398 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8315 times:
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Quoting johns624 (Reply 9):
Most cops aren't gun people


I think a better wording would have been "most TSA employees are not gun people"...


User currently offlinejohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 904 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 11):
I think a better wording would have been "most TSA employees are not gun people"...

Did you even read the article? The gun was discharged by a airport police officer. TSA had nothing to do with it.


User currently offlinewjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5130 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8243 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
In what State?

According to the article, she apparently lives in Pennsylvania and reported to work at PHL from home at 6am with the gun still in her purse. Her permit is from Pennsylvania. She is actually lucky that the TSA didn't miss it at PHL and catch it in some other state where her permit is not valid.


User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1414 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8009 times:

American gun law has always been beyond me but how does someone (particularly a FA) forget that they have a device as lethal as that in their bag?

Simply terrifying!



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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3398 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7810 times:
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Quoting johns624 (Reply 12):
Did you even read the article? The gun was discharged by a airport police officer


some how missed that... however I object to the generic "cops"


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5570 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6809 times:

Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 1):

seriously? Someone needs walking papers.

Do you fire someone anytime something happens, without considering the possibility that they may not have been at fault?

Nothing a bit of retraining won't handle even if she did screw up.

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 2):
The best way would have been to put plasticuffs through the trigger guard and around the hammer, tighten it, and then take it down to the station for unloading.

If you don't know how to unload a gun, you have no business messing with the hammer or going anywhere near the trigger. Sit and wait until someone who knows how to make it safe shows up.



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User currently offlineflightsimer From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 540 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6475 times:

Quoting tonystan (Reply 14):

It's quite easy to forget things.

My sister played fast pitch softball when she was young and all throughout High School. She was so good, that she got a full ride to college for softball and has since been inducted into the hall of fame and still holds all the pitching records there... But anyways, part of her training/ warm ups was using a hammer to swing around as a weight. She kept it in her training backpack.

Her senior year, we were going to Florida for the spring break Rebel Games which was where they started their season at and she forgot the hammer was in her bag. That bag was a carry on and when she went through security it was found... Lucky for her, it was spring 2001 and not 2002 and it was just taken by security. But things do happen.



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User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3392 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6213 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 16):
Do you fire someone anytime something happens, without considering the possibility that they may not have been at fault?

Tell you what, you go discharge a gun in a airport and see what you get. Its not retraining I'm quite certain.


User currently offlineLTC8K6 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

If you cannot clear a common handgun, you should not be a police officer.

User currently offlineaussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5591 times:

Quoting LTC8K6 (Reply 19):
If you cannot clear a common handgun, you should not be a police officer.

Is this tought in police training though (other than their own eqipped handpiece of course). But yes what a cockup of events that day !!


User currently offlinebestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7088 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

If you bring a 'common' handgun through security by accident, you shouldn't be an airline employee.


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User currently offlineusair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

When I got hired for Southwest I went to the airport early in the morning to go to Chicago for my ID badge. I left with a knife in my pocket that morning and forget to take it out my pocket when leaving the car. Luckily I remembered before I got to security and trashed it in the bathroom. Only reason I remembered was because I felt something heavy in my back pocket. So things like this do happen. But in terms of the gun not knowing how to unload a revolver? That's ridiculous.

User currently offlineLTC8K6 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 21):
If you bring a 'common' handgun through security by accident, you shouldn't be an airline employee.

I meant a common type of handgun, not that it's common to bring them to the airport.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3589 times:

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 8):
the current f/a has a carry permit

It makes no difference, carry permit or not, she should have been hauled off to jail. She got lucky, REAL lucky. But she should have been cuffed and escorted to jail.

The rules remain, never bring a gun through the airport security checkpoint.

[Edited 2012-09-24 20:19:50]


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25 Post contains images Maverick623 : Considering I'm not a police officer, I would likely wind up in jail if I wasn't shot at first. That being said, I find it funny that you say you are
26 AirframeAS : But she KNEW the rules. I'm not buying the "oh, I forgot it was in my bag" excuse. She should have known it was in her bag, she's responsible for it.
27 Maverick623 : That's quite a leap. Why exactly should she be "hauled off to jail"? To make a point? You really should learn what that phrase means. It does NOT mea
28 AirframeAS : I mentioned Amber Robillard in the thread, and posted the story about what appended to her. The law enforcement in IND did the correct thing. The law
29 bestwestern : Rather the pathological fear of guns in a metal tube accidentally discharged
30 jrodATC : The F/A should have her permit revoked for a period of time and pay a fine. Jail should depend on the rules of the facility, if posted, etc. For examp
31 AirframeAS : When you check in a weapon, the CSR is responsible to ensure that the gun is unloaded and no round is in the chamber, then the customer has to declar
32 Post contains links mcdu : This is an overreaction by those that are calling for the FA to be fired. She had a CWP and it was an oversight. Her oversight was much less endangeri
33 Post contains images AirframeAS : DEN has the exact same rule. You WILL go to jail if you attempt to bring a firearm through the security checkpoint. This is also posted in on all ent
34 Post contains images LTC8K6 : Every gun is loaded. It's the first rule. I'm confident I can clear any common handgun or rifle, and a few common light infantry weapons. If I weren'
35 wjcandee : Again...it's a revolver, and likely one with a double-action-only hammer. To accidently-fire this weapon when trying to clear it is an amazing feat of
36 LTC8K6 : Modern revolvers have a "hammer block" or transfer bar safety system. I don't believe they will fire unless the trigger itself is pulled. The hammer b
37 Post contains images wjcandee : I wasn't clear enough; I just meant that it mystified me what she could screw up (i.e. press down on cylinder release latch, push cylinder open, remov
38 Post contains links mcdu : The FA had a CWP and failed to remember her gun. It seems even FAM's can't keep track of their weapons and they carry them at all times! http://www.c
39 AirframeAS : One mo' time.... It does not matter if she had a CCW or not. That is a moot point. I'm not buying the "she failed to remember" argument. If you don't
40 Maverick623 : You say you "will" go to jail, and yet this flight attendant didn't (at least not yet). Also, I work with someone that left a handgun in her purse wh
41 AirframeAS : She got lucky that she didn't get hauled off to jail in front of everyone like she deserves to. At DEN, on the doors leading into Jeppesen terminal,
42 mcdu : Based on your desire to see this FA in jail (not sure what the fascination you have with jail) for mistaking my bringing a loaded weapon to the airpo
43 AirframeAS : The difference between the 261 crash and bringing a gun through security are two totally different things, not the same level of crime. So, your comp
44 KaiGywer : In general yes. And most handguns (either semi auto or revolver) operate fairly similar Actually the CSR does not touch any weapon. The passenger ver
45 AirframeAS : Lets agree to disagree because you're WRONG!
46 N766UA : How the F#%& do you accidentally discharge a REVOLVER?!
47 AirframeAS : I was wondering the same thing, bro. You're not alone in this confusion!
48 mcdu : Just to clear up confusion. In the case of the FA you believe she should get jail time for her oversight. In the case of mechanic oversight leading t
49 KaiGywer : Since you didn't actually quote the content of my post....how about you point where you think I'm WRONG...?
50 Post contains images Maverick623 : Dude, knock it off. I've been able to put up with your irrational need to see people thrown in jail, but now you're just making stuff up to suit your
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