Pilot arrested for loaded gun in his carry-on luggage at Lambert airport

Southwest Airlines Pilots Arrested Bringing Guns to Airport

Transportation Security Administration officers discovered the loaded 9mm pistol in the unidentified pilot's luggage about 5 a.m., a news release from St. Louis Lambert International Airport stated.

One pilot was arrested Wednesday morning at St. Louis Lambert International Airport after firearms were found in their carry-on bags.

The 51-year-old male pilot was detained at a TSA checkpoint at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Charges are pending against the pilot and will be handled through St. Louis County.

TMZ reports that the pilots were at a TSA security checkpoint when they were taken into police custody.

The first officer, whose name hasn't been revealed, didn't have any concealed-carry permit or other authorization to carry a firearm, the airport said.

Southwest said it was working with authorities to gather more information. It is not clear whether the arrested was part of the flight crew or was supposed to travel as a passenger, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

There have been no known incidents in which armed pilots defended the cockpit against terrorists, although supporters say the existence of the armed-pilots program is a deterrent.

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