Flight Attendant Charged Over Hidden Gun
A flight attendant was arrested at Dulles International Airport after allegedly taking a concealed handgun there on an inbound flight, an airport spokesman said.
The United Airlines attendant was in uniform but was not part of the crew for her United flight from Atlanta on Friday morning, said Rob Yingling of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The woman, identified as Janet Tucker, 45, of Lithonia, Ga., was arrested Friday after airport police received a call saying that she was turning herself in for carrying a concealed gun on Flight 7591, Yingling said last night.
He said Tucker told authorities that she had not intended to take the weapon onto the plane.
“She told us it was inadvertent,” Yingling said. She was released after receiving a summons to appear at General District Court in Loudoun County on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in the airport, Yingling said. Yingling said he did not know whether the gun was loaded.
It was not clear why the gun was not detected. A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said last night that crew members are required to undergo airport screening before boarding.
“That’s what I understand,” said TSA spokesman Barry Phelps. He said he did not know how the gun was taken on board but said he thought it was in a carry-on bag. The matter is under investigation by the TSA, which is in charge of screening, and by the FBI, Phelps said.
A woman who answered a telephone listed to Tucker declined to comment last night. Efforts to reach United were not successful.