Southwest Pilot Arrested for Bringing Gun to the Airport

A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested after attempting to bring a loaded gun onto his aircraft at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

"St. Louis Lambert International Airport Police arrested a 51-year-old airline pilot Wednesday morning for unlawful use of a weapon after TSA officers discovered a loaded 9 mm pistol in his carry-on luggage," an airport official said in a statement. They added that the pilot was not authorized to carry a firearm.

TMZ initially reported that eyewitnesses had seen two pilots taken into TSA custody, but a spokesperson for the airport confirmed that only one pilot, a First Officer, was involved in the incident. He was detained in the Terminal 2 checkpoint before he was able to board Southwest flight #1106 from St. Louis to Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines said that they are aware of the situation and are "currently working alongside the appropriate authorities to gather more information."

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Charges are currently pending and the case will be handled through St. Louis County.