Disney Channel Actor Arrested at LAX for Attempting to Bring a Gun Through Security
An actor known for his role in the Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place" was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Monday after attempting to bring a loaded handgun through the security checkpoint.
At about 9:05am PT on Monday in LAX's Terminal 2, David Henrie, best known for playing Justin Russo on the Disney show, was arrested when TSA officers found a firearm after searching his baggage. According to an LAX public information officer, Henrie was booked into the LAPD Pacific Division Jail and has since been released with an Oct. 1 court date.
In a statement, released on Twitter, Henrie expressed that he had brought the weapon through security "unintentionally." He said he felt "humiliated and embarrassed," adding, "But am thankful to the TSA, LAPD and all involved today for their kindness and their professionalism during this process."
The LAXPD Union responded in a tweet, appreciating Henrie for his professionalism.
The weapon was reported to be a 9mm pistol and was loaded at the time it was found. According to Buzzfeed News, Henrie did not have a permit to carry it concealed.
Henrie's incident involving a firearm and a TSA checkpoint is the latest in a string of similar discoveries by the TSA. In August, the TSA found its 12th gun at Washington Dulles (IAD) since the start of the year, and later that month, a passenger attempted to bring a gun-shaped speaker on board. In May, the TSA reminded people that no firearms are allowed through checkpoints — even if they're pink.