TSA Failed To Stop A Man From Getting On A Plane With Loaded Gun

A man was able to get on a flight from Atlanta to Chicago with a loaded semi-automatic handgun without being detected by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

According to Blake Alford, the man who accidentally brought the gun on the flight, the incident took place on November 5th- less than a week after a Russian flight was was reportedly bombed out of the sky by ISIS.

“How could the TSA not have spotted it?” Alford, 67, told the Daily Mail Online. “Especially as it was just a few days after the Russian plane blew up.”

Alford told the Daily Mail that he didn’t realize that he had taken his gun- a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol on the flight until he pulled it out of his backpack after arriving at this destination.

“If we find that standard procedures were not adhered to, we will retrain employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures. When our employees fail to meet standards, we hold them appropriately accountable,” the TSA said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

The incident is sure to raise eyebrows across the security community, especially in light of the events of the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.

WATCH: Man brings loaded gun on flight and TSA didn’t know. 


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