Security Breach: Air Marshal Leaves Loaded Gun In Aircraft Lavatory

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It seems like there’s been a lot of news involving incidents onboard aircrafts lately including a United Airlines Passenger Dragged Off Plane Due To OversellUnited Airlines Now Kicks Off Wedding Couple from Plane and a Female Passenger Smacks Delta Air Lines Ticket Agent, however the latest incident involves a Federal Air Marshal who left her loaded gun in the aircraft lavatory.


Per the New York Times,

A federal air marshal on a flight earlier this month from England to New York left her loaded service weapon in the aircraft’s bathroom where a passenger found it, four marshals familiar with the incident said.

The passenger gave the weapon to a member of the flight crew, who returned it to the air marshal. But the marshal, who is based in the New York region, failed to report the incident to her superiors, as required by agency policy, until several days later. The incident happened on April 6, aboard a Delta flight from Manchester to Kennedy International Airport.

The article goes on to say that despite this, she then worked another flight a few days later, and apparently she was a new federal air marshall, though that’s no excuse to leave a loaded gun in an aircraft lavatory.

Current and former air marshals said that leaving a loaded weapon unattended constituted a significant security breach that should have resulted in discipline and an investigation.

The new hire is still currently employed and on the job despite this recent snafu. Here’s to hoping she keeps her loaded gun in a more secure place on her future flights.

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