NBC10 Philadelphia - Lu Ann Cahn
Investigators say a Philadelphia Airport Police Officer is on desk duty after accidentally firing a gun found in the carry-on of a flight attendant. Jaclyn Luby told police she forgot she had the loaded gun in her bag. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports.
A day after a flight attendant's gun accidentally went off in Philadelphia International Airport more information about the gun's owner serviced Monday.
The regional airline flight attendant who says he forgot she had a loaded weapon in her luggage when she arrived for work Sunday morning faced a disorderly conduct charge while the cop who accidentally fired the handgun was on desk duty Monday.
Philadelphia Police identified the Republic Airlines (a carrier that operates flights for US Airways) flight attendant as Jaclyn Luby, 27.
The West Chester, Pa. woman told investigators she forgot she had the loaded .38-caliber handgun in her carry-on as she passed through airport security at Terminal C around 6:50 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.
A US Airways spokesman says that a police officer was called over to check out the gun and that's when it accidentally discharged. The bullet went into a TSA break room where an employee was sitting but luckily no one was injured, police said.
Police say that Luby had a license to carry the loaded weapon. Police confiscated the gun and said it was up to the county that issued Luby the permit if she would get the handgun back.
Luby received a summary citation for disorderly conduct, was taken into custody and released, according to court records.
"That's standard practice," said airport police Capt. Michael Murphy. "That's what we would charge anyone with who had a permit to carry.
A Facebook page apparently belonging to Luby, which had the same date of birth listed as her court documents, was taken down Monday. NBC10's attempts to reach Luby weren't successful.
Republic Airlines refused comment when NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn asked them about the incident Monday.
The unidentified female officer who accidentally discharged the gun was placed on desk duty pending investigation, police said.
TSA tell NBC10 that 10 times last year and seven times so far this year someone showed up to Philly International with a gun accidentally packed in his or her bags. Earlier this year a Phoenixville man says he forgot he had a loaded gun on him when he went through airport security, a story NBC10 covered.
Another flight attendant was brought on board the Dallas, Texas-bound plane Luby was supposed to be working on and the scheduled flight arrived on time, according the airline.