- An 83-year-old man was charged by police with carrying a loaded gun on an American Airlines plane.
- The man flew from Barbados to Miami, NBC 6 and The Washington Post reported.
- He pleaded not guilty and is expected to appear in court in mid-December.
Authorities on Friday investigated allegations that a man carried a loaded gun in the pocket of an American Airlines plane.
NBC 6 and The Washington Post reported that police said an 83-year-old man who flew from Barbados to Miami had a gun with five 32-caliber shots in his chamber.
According to NBC 6, a Miami-Dade police report stated that when the passenger landed at Miami International Airport, the weapon was discovered by security officers before moving on to an Orlando plane.
The man was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, the report added.
The incident, which allegedly took place in November, came to light after the suspect’s first trial date. He pleaded not guilty and his next court appearance is scheduled to take place in mid-December, according to NBC 6.
A spokeswoman for the TSA told The Washington Post: “This is a rarity, and one we take quite seriously. It highlights the reason why we are conducting a new screening of international passengers before connecting to a domestic flight in the United States.”
The TSA is sending its own team to the Caribbean country to evaluate what happened, according to NBC 6.
Barbados police, Miami-Dade police, American Airlines and the TSA did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In a separate incident that also took place in November, a passenger “threw” into his bag and fired a gun after a TSA officer discovered it at Atlanta airport, Insiders Michelle Mark reported. The passenger fled the scene with the gun, after its discovery, TSA Federal Security Director Robert Spinden told reporters at a news conference.
Last year, a passenger on a British Airways plane found a gun belonging to the bodyguard of former British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the plane’s toilet, Insiders’ Mia Jankowicz reported.