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Southwest Airlines Pilot Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bring Loaded Gun Onto Las Vegas Bound Flight

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A Southwest Airlines pilot was arrested in St. Louis Wednesday morning for allegedly trying to bring a loaded gun onto a Las Vegas bound plane in his carry-on luggage.

Southwest Airlines jets are seen at Chicago’s Midway Airport in an April 2008 file photo. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Southwest Airlines jets are seen at Chicago’s Midway Airport in an April 2008 file photo. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Transportation Security Administration officers discovered the loaded 9mm pistol in the unidentified pilot’s luggage about 5 a.m., a news release from St. Louis Lambert International Airport stated.

The pilot was detained by airport police in the Terminal 2 checkpoint prior to boarding Southwest Flight 1106, the news release stated.

The 51-year-old pilot did not have a conceal and carry permit or any other authorization to carry a firearm.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, according to the news release.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart St. Louis at 5:15 a.m., was delayed until 6 a.m. and arrived in Las Vegas at 7:39 a.m.