TSA Airplane Cabin Cleaner Caught with Loaded Handgun [PHOTO]

An individual who works at Pittsburgh International Airport was stopped with a loaded handgun when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected the gun in the man’s backpack when he reported to work on Sunday, May 30.

The man, a resident of nearby Wellsville, Ohio, was caught with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets, including one in the chamber. The man, an airplane cabin cleaner, had access to the secure area of the airport to perform his job duties. However, TSA conducts regular checks on individuals who work in the sterile area of the airport to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items that they might use or might hand off to someone else for their use.

“Insider threats are something that we are highly aware of and are constantly on the lookout for,” said Karen Keys-Turner, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “Insiders, or individuals with authorized access to sensitive areas of an airport, might misuse or allow others to misuse their access to exploit vulnerabilities in an effort to compromise security, facilitate criminal activity, terrorism or other illicit actions that could inflict harm to people, organizations, the transportation system or national security. This was an excellent catch on the part of our TSA team.”

When the TSA officer spotted the gun in the worker’s backpack, the Allegheny County Police were alerted, confiscated the handgun and arrested the man on a weapons charge.

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  1. Does this cabin cleaner have a clean record?
    Of course, we know that he cleans for a living. But I’m not asking about his employment history. I’m asking if he has a clean record as far as criminal acts are concerned.
    I’d also like to know if he was planning to commit a crime, or did he carry a gun for protection?
    I’d also like to know his name. The reason being, if I need to hire someone to clean my home, I want to make sure I am not hiring him. However, if he was carrying the gun for protection, then maybe I would want to hire him, for ultimately a cleaning guy who can act as a security guard is a big plus.

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