TSA Caught an American Airlines Employee With a Stolen Gun

Jul 6, 2018

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An arrest was made at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) when an American Airlines employee tried to bring a gun through security – a stolen gun, at that.

Elvira Thomas, 62, who worked at the American ticket counter at CLT has now been charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for the possession of a stolen firearm and the possession of a firearm on city property. Transportation Security Administration spotted the gun through the checkpoint’s X-ray machine.

Thomas was not on duty when the incident occurred, but according to American, she is on administrative leave while the case is being investigated. American also told Fox News that all employees go through a background check process before hiring.

In a statement, an American Airlines spokesperson said, “At American Airlines, we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members. We take this matter very seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation.”

Travelers are not allowed to bring a gun — or anything on that even remotely looks like a gun — so as to not scare other passengers, even if the item is harmless. Passengers who attempt to bring a gun through the security checkpoint, even if it’s unloaded, face criminal charges and a potential civil penalty of up to $13,000.

However, TSA catches more actual firearms than you may think. In its most recent report from the week of June 18 – 24, TSA discovered a whopping 92 firearms in carryons in that seven-day stretch alone. And of the 92 weapons, 80 were loaded and 29 had a round chambered.

H/T: NY Post

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