In the wake of 9/11 and the many other foreign and domestic attacks that we’ve endured since then, someone carrying a deadly weapon into an airport is a thought that often crosses our minds. While most often our suspicions tend to fall on the hundreds of other passengers strolling through the airport at any given time, today’s story proves that even those we entrust with our lives could be potentially plotting something devious.

According to reports, a 51-year-old pilot, who has not been named, was detained at Terminal 2 of the St. Louis Lambert International Airport after a TSA inspector found a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. The pilot, who was scheduled to depart on a Southwest Airlines flight from St. Louis to Las Vegas before traveling to LAX, was immediately placed in handcuffs after failing to declare the weapon, as per security policy.


A spokesperson for Southwest Airlines said in a statement, “We are aware of a situation involving a Southwest Pilot at St. Louis Airport. We are currently working alongside the appropriate authorities to gather more information. We have no further information to share at this time.”

The pilot did not have a concealed carry permit or any other form of authorization to carry the weapon. The unidentified pilot is currently facing unlawful use of a weapon charges and the case has been handed over to St. Louis County Court for further review.


Passengers aboard the flight were informed that the flight had been canceled and received a $100 voucher in compensation. Why the pilot had failed to check in the loaded 9mm handgun or what his intentions were are currently unknown.