Firefighter with loaded gun slips past TSA, boards plane in Orlando

By Susan Jacobson,

A Florida firefighter who brought a handgun onto a flight out of Orlando International Airport will not be prosecuted, authorities said Friday.

The woman forgot she had the .380-caliber semi-automatic Ruger in her purse when she boarded United flight 15 a little before 8 a.m. Thursday, said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

"She went through screening, and it was not picked up," Della Fave said.

When the plane landed at 10:39 a.m., the woman notified the Port Authority police at Newark Liberty Airport. She was not charged because she came forward on her own, but officers confiscated the gun, Della Fave said. Her name and the agency she works for were not released.

The Transportation Security Administration is reviewing the incident, the agency said in a statement. Its airport screeners are responsible inspecting baggage and people.

In a statement, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority executive director Phil Brown said the airport would continue to work with law enforcement to ensure travelers' safety. "We expect the Transportation Safety Administration to evaluate the incident and take appropriate action," he said.

About 90,000 people pass through Orlando International Airport daily, spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said.

ABC news reported Thursday that an iPad one of its reporters deliberately left at a security checkpoint at Orlando International Airport was found at the home of a TSA officer.

The iPad, which was located through tracking software, was part of an investigation of reported thefts by government screeners at Orlando International and other airports.


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