Flight Attendant Takes Gun on Plane
The Associated Press reported in Washington that uninformed flight attendant, Janet Tucker, 45, was arrested at Dulles International Airport after she turned herself in for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Barry Phelps said, the TSA, the FBI and other law enforcemtn agencies were investigating if the woman had gone through security and also, if the gun had passed through a checkpoint unnoticed in Atlanta. The incident happened on United flight 7591. Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said she was in uniform but was not part of the duty crew at the time. She was interviewed and released on a summons to appear in Loudoun County Court in Virginia at a future date.
The Associated Press reported in the Journal Gazette that flight attendants are supposed to go through the same security procedures as all other passengers. Rob Yingling said, “It seems it was an inadvertent incident, from her description." Jeff Kovick, United Airlines spokesman, confirmed that a United employee had been arrested but would not confirm any other information. Janet Tucker is from Lithonia, Ga.