At a time when
airport security is in the spotlight, a U.S. air traveller reportedly took his
loaded handgun through security, onto his flight and all the way to his
destination without being stopped by security.
to DailyMail.com, 67
yr. old retired truck driver Blake Alford from Jonesboro, Georgia, didn’t
realize a loaded gun was packed in his carry-on luggage when he entered ATL
05NOV. From a Canadian perspective, even the fact that you could forget you
were carrying a lethal weapon is quite startling.
Alford, after he put his bag through the airport’s X-ray machine, he proceeded
to board his WN flight with no issues before making it to his destination in
Chicago. Once he arrived at his hotel room, he discovered the fully-loaded
Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol in his bag.
Alford flew back
to ATL with the gun again, but this time it was legally stored in his checked
luggage. He says he decided to come forward with his story in order to help
other travellers avoid making the same mistakes and to force the Transportation
Security Administration to address the situation.
Alford told the
Daily Mail, “I just learned a very valuable lesson. Always check your bags
before you travel.”
Mike England told the Daily Mail that the department is investigating the
England said TSA
is “investigating this matter to determine what occurred and what steps, if
any, need to be taken to ensure that security protocols are executed
appropriately. If we find that standard procedures were not adhered to, we will
re-train employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating
procedures. TSA employs a robust security system involving multiple layers of
security, both seen and unseen, to protect the travelling public.”
It appears that
in this case they were mostly unseen.