Man Tries to Bring Loaded Gun onto O'Hare Flight

Monday, Oct 25, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Man Tries to Bring Loaded Gun onto O'Hare Flight

Chicago Police

Francis Cook IV, 67, of Delton, Mich., tried to get onto an American Airlines flight to Dallas at lunchtime Saturday with a loaded gun in his bag, prosecutors said. Transportation Security Administration officials spotted Cook’s .380 handgun inside a carry-on bag during a pre-flight search, according to a police report.

A Michigan man who allegedly tried to take a loaded gun onto an airplane at O’Hare Saturday has been ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Francis Cook IV, 67, of Delton, Mich., tried to get onto an American Airlines flight to Dallas at lunchtime Saturday, prosecutors said.

Transportation Security Administration officials spotted Cook’s .380 handgun inside a carry-on bag during a pre-flight search, according to a police report.

It had a live round in the chamber and six other live rounds loaded in the clip, according to the report, which does not say why Cook had the gun with him.

Cook did not speak during a brief hearing at the Cook County Courthouse on Sunday morning. His attorney said Cook was a military veteran.

But Judge Adam D. Bourgeois told him, “I find it amazing that any American would bring a gun to the airport.”

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