Republic Airlines flight attendant Jaclyn Luby carried a gun through the security screening area of the Philadelphia International Airport. Security screeners discovered the gun in her purse, but when a local police officer tried to put the safety on the revolver, it accidentally fired in the TSA break room.
The revolver was discovered when the gun-toting flight attendant placed her carry-on bag in the airport’s X-ray machine, WPVI reports. When Transportation Security Administration workers saw what they describe as a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson, they alerted a Philadelphia police officer.
Luby was sitting in a separate screening area when the gun went off, sending a bullet into a TSA break room, according to the New York Daily News. No one was hurt due to the accidental firing at Philadelphia International Airport.
Airport passenger Andrea Burger had this to say about the accidental revolver firing incident:
“We are human and everybody does make mistakes and I understand that, even though she’s a seasoned veteran, she needs to be careful. I’m sure it will be a great learning opportunity for her.”
Luby told law enforcement authorities that she has a permit to carry the weapon, but she forgot that the revolver was in her purse when she came to the airport. The Republic Airlines staffer was issued a disorderly conduct citation and released. The Philadelphia police officer who accidentally discharged the fun was placed on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident. The airline operates a US Airways Express hub in the city.