Lawyer Gets Loaded Gun Aboard Plane
Between thermal image body scanners, metal detectors, x-ray machines and strip searches, you would think a handgun wouldn’t get past TSA screeners. That’s not the case at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Woops…‘forgot the gun’ was in my bag is the story one woman claims after she breezed through the DFW airport security checkpoint on Wed., Jan. 18.
Lawyer Judith Kenney, 65, boarded an American Airlines flight bound for Houston with a loaded handgun in her laptop bag. It wasn’t until the plane pulled away from the gate ready for take-off that security stopped the flight and took Kenney into custody.
Kenney’s lawyer, David Finn, told officers she carries a gun for protection and forgot it was in her carry-on bag.
Apparently screeners detected a gun during the screening process, but weren’t able to confiscate it in time. The .38 caliber handgun slipped through security when Kenney “picked up the bag and left the checkpoint before the screening process was over,” said Greg Soule, a spokesperson for the TSA.
The flight bound for Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport with 128 passengers was delayed for more than an hour while passengers were screened again.
Kenney now faces charges of carrying a gun into a place where weapons are prohibited – a third-degree felony in Texas carrying a maximum 10-year sentence.
TSA spotted the gun through the screening process, yet, no one immediately confiscated it, which contradicts TSA procedure. If any screener spots a gun, they are to immediately confiscate the bag containing the weapon and notify police.
The woman allegedly packed up her belongings and quickly attempted to make her flight before screeners had a chance to confiscate the weapon; but she should have never gotten that far. Anyone who’s been on an airplane in recent years knows that screeners must approve all carry-on items and clear you to go before anyone can grab their belongings and board any planes. For TSA to make the claim that Kenney left before screeners could grab her seems a bit odd.
TSA screeners miss guns; however, they are quick to confiscate frosted cupcakes for no good reason.
Posted by Christina Miralla on Jan 20, 2012