ST. LOUIS (CBSLA) – A 51-year-old Southwest Airlines pilot has been arrested in St. Louis Lambert International Airport after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bags early Wednesday morning, according to airport officials.
A TSA agent discovered a loaded 9mm pistol in the pilot’s luggage during screening, the airport said. The pilot was detained before 5 a.m. local time and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Commercial Building Blaze In Downtown LA
“The suspect did not have any conceal and carry permit or any other authorization to carry a firearm,” the airport said in a statement.
The suspect, a first officer, was scheduled to pilot Southwest flight 1106 from St. Louis to Las Vegas.READ MORE: Bill From State Sen. Henry Stern Will Fund More Enforcement, Stiffen Penalties On Street Racing, Sideshows
Southwest provided CBS2 the following statement:
“We are aware of a situation involving a Southwest Pilot at St. Louis Airport. We are currently working alongside the appropriate authorities to gather more information. We have no further information to share at this time.”MORE NEWS: Fire Scorches Residential Building In Glassell Park Area; No Injuries Reported
The pilot’s name was not immediately released. More charges could be pending.