Over the weekend a flight attendant's gun discharged at a Philadelphia Airport security check. The gun, which had been in the attendant's carry-on bag, was found as the individual was going through security prior to working a flight to Denver.
In an incident described as an accident, the Republic Airlines flight attendant was reported to have had a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in her bag. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel detected the gun in an X-ray machine, reported ABC local affiliate WPVI News.
According to the ABC report, a Philadelphia police officer tried to unload the firearm when it was discharged accidentally, sending bullets into the wall of a TSA employee break room. No one was injured.
The 27-year-old airline employee, Jaclyn Luby of West Chester, Pa., does hold a valid permit for concealed weapons and it is being reported she said she forgot the gun was in her bag.
NBC News Philadelphia reported the 5-year veteran of the airline was not arrested because she was licensed to carry, however, the flight attendant does face a disorderly conduct charge.
"That's standard practice," said airport police Capt. Michael Murphy, reported NBC News. "That's what we would charge anyone with who had a permit to carry."
According to court papers, she is scheduled to appear in court to answer to charges on Oct. 10.
Republic Airlines operates flights for United Airlines.
The Philadelphia police officer, who has not been identified, is currently on desk duty while internal affairs investigates her handling of the gun. It was reported the officer will receive additional weapons training.
TSA reported in their weekly blog update that that a total of 47 guns had been confiscated during the period of Sept. 14 through Sept. 20; 38 of those guns had been loaded.
"Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested," TSA writes in their weekly blog posts. "This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items."