Flight At­ten­dant Charged Over Hid­den Gun

The Washington Post Sunday - - The Region - By Martin Weil and Dar­ragh John­son

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.

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