Veteran Accused of Attempting to Board Plane with Loaded Gun at Midway Airport

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 PM CDT
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A military veteran reportedly tried to bring a loaded handgun onto a plane at Midway Airport during the busy holiday travel weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Josephine M. Coleman, 25, of Country Club Hills, was charged with boarding an aircraft with a weapon, and ordered held Sunday in lieu of $25,000.

Coleman was arrested Saturday after she placed a carry-on bag containing a Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with seven live rounds on a Transportation Security Administration X-ray machine, according to the Sun-Times.

She was reportedly on her way to Southwest Airlines flight No. 1404 headed for San Antonio.

She said she didn’t know the gun was in the bag, police said.

“I’m in the military,” Coleman reportedly told police. “And I have a FOID card.”

Coleman’s FOID card is valid, according to a police report.

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