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Man Takes Gun On Board US A/c!  
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

On the news today, it said a man in the US had "accidentally" taken a handgun onboard a US carrier. The man, managed to take the gun "without realising" and as soon as he knew, he informed a stewardess who alerted security.

the gun was licenced, however, he still managed to board.
Does this give you confidence of travelling in the US?

Anyone have details on the full story?

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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

How can anyone have a gun in their luggage and not know it?

The passenger was on a WN flight from MSY to PHX, and the gun in question was a derringer, a pistol that in most cases holds only a round or two. The passenger was questioned but later released. The incident was labled a "mistake". The security screener who allowed the gun through was fired for incompetence.

Another example of how our airports are anything but secure. How long will it be until the FAA wakes up and gets serious about security?




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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

i am more concern about the security.....how could this happened???? especially after 9-11???? is the security in USA a joke????

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User currently offlineDELL_dude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Bizarre...

User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1378 times:

So basically, nothing has improved since september 11. I suppose it is easy enough to sack the person involved, but I would put my money on a management/government failure to provide the right sort of training!!
I hope Osama Bin Ladens cronies didn't hear about this!


User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1328 times:

how many more people need to die before they really improve the security???


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User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1313 times:

Either another 6000, or just one member of the US government.


User currently offlineVirgina340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1296 times:

I've said it beofre. i'll say it again since 1990. Fire those damn lazy burger flippers and put the US Customs, National Guard or State Troopers in charge. It is clear USA hasn't learned from PA 103. Those who do not follow up on their history is doomed to repeat it. It looks to me that every single member of the FAA has failed history on wehat happens when it becomes a beaurocracy and bends backwards for the airline managment bottom line as well as back pedals on aviation security. It's also about time the NTSB has more power equal to the FAA or exceding it.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineEWRvirgin From United States of America, joined May 2001, 358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

The only way to eliminate this threat is to do a total hand search of passenger bags and of passengers themselves. Weapons will from time to time make it through an x-ray machine or metal detector without being spotted or detected. However sensitive this equipment is, it is not fullproof.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Quick update: the incident occurred on Tuesday morning. The passenger (supposedly) forgot he had it with him, it made it through security at concourse B (Southwest), boarded the flight, during the flight remembered he had it, told the FA, turned it over to the pilot, was then interviewed by the FBI in PHX, and continued to SAN. He may or may not be charged.

The ITS security guard who screened him has since been fired. As a reminder, with US airports, checkpoint screening is done by the airlines, who pay for the security contractor to perform the screenings. It's all part of FAR Part 108, which details airline security.

The incident did get a bit of play on the local news channels last night.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1248 times:

The US customs is soooo bad that when I brought my cat to the US for the first time they didnt even check her!


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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

I thought Barry Switzer learned his lesson the first time.  Smile

(for those who don't know, Switzer is the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and "accidently" carried a loaded pistol into the airport, DFW I beleive)



User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Wake up and smell the gunpowder......


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User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Well, airlines or airport authorities are going to have to start to do profuse hand searches of ALL luggage. Actually, in Monterrey's airport (Mexico), they are already doing it. A special agent is located right in front of the check-in counter, and asks you to open your luggage and reviews it before yo check it. Its time consuming but safety is first!

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Again, in the US, checkpoint security is (by law) an AIRLINE function. The airlines are responsible for conducting all passenger screenings. The airport itself does NOT have that responsibility or that authority, and cannot regulate passenger screening.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineKlm744 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

Why did the guy even say anything. If I was in his position and did not have any intention of using the gun, I would have just kept that little piece of info to myself. The guy made a mistake and now he may face criminal charges because he turned himself in. What was he thinking.

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3813 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

(for those who don't know, Switzer is the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and "accidently" carried a loaded pistol into the airport, DFW I beleive)

I remember that incident and as I recall he was caught at the security checkpoint and ended up having to pay a fine, and yet this guy at MSY gets on the plane and winds up only being questioned and released, but I haven't seen any mention of him having to pay a fine. What's up with that?

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineUAL-Fan From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 374 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

I totally agree with Virgina340. US Security is a total joke!

I predict it will take at least one, if not two more disasterous hijackings to wake people up. The sad thing about Americans is that they love to forget. Just get on with life as usual as if nothing ever happened. Oh yes, be sure to hop right back on planes again so the Airlines don't go belly up. Never mind if the Airlines or the Government have done virtually nothing to insure our Safety.

I am a frequent flyer and have been on 5 r/t flight since 9/11. The "I don't care, it could never happen again" attitude people have just freaks me out.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5991 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1153 times:

Perhaps because he mentioned it before he was caught. The feds, I presume, are pretty flexible in regards to punishment when you turn yourself in, compared to when you're caught.

User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6849 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

Last night, CGK security searched my bag because of a few slides! If the Xray in a 3rd world country can pick out my slide as a metallic substance and the metal detector picked out a box of slides in my pocket, why can't a US security checkpoint pick out a gun?

This worries me... A LOT.

Mandala499



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User currently offlineSpeedbird092 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

I'm sure its all a mistake but just an observation... .
the man carrying the gun is lucky that he reported his gun as opposed to the security guard catching him with it.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1142 times:

US security at its best again !!, Thats what you get when you pay the security people the same as the guy at Burger King !!!

User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

I heard that Burger King has higher standards than security...and higher pay!

Seriously, just how do you forget having a gun?



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User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

All I hear is this BS! Get back on the planes! Get Back on the planes! Oh poor airlines and their millions! We'll what about the millions of hard working Americans that pay their hard earned $$$ to get from point A-B without getting hijacked, shot, stabbed or crash into a building! Again The FAA needs a major clean house, Get the NTSB in charge and force the airlines to do a task not negociate like the FAA.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1069 times:

hey there was a guy at COS who took a 12-gauga two barrel shot gun through two security checkpoints.

25 Copter808 : It would appear that the "system" has failed again! Let's consider for a moment, the reality of what probably happened. Irregardless of how much the s
26 LoneStarMike : There was an earlier thread on this incident and I asked some questions, but unfortunately they didn't get answered, so I'm going to ask them again (p
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