Pilot Arrested in Calgary
On March 27, a U.S. airline pilot was arrested in the Calgary airport after a loaded gun was discovered in his luggage while going through an airport security checkpoint. The pilot neglected to declare his firearm when the crew went through customs for an overnight. The gun was discovered the next morning when the crew was preparing to work the flight back to Salt Lake City, UT.
The pilot was released from custody on a $4000 bond. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), said the pilot entered the Salt Lake City airport through a Known Crewmember checkpoint which allows flight crews to bypass security. The pilot is also not in the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program which allows trained pilots in the program to carry firearms on aircraft.
SkyWest Airlines says the pilot is on administrative leave while the company, TSA and the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) fully investigate the incident.