Monday, November 16, 2015

Blake Alford didn"t realize he had packed a gun in his carry-on, and
apparently, the TSA didn"t realize it either.
(Photo: Thinkstock)A man flying
out of Atlanta"s Hartsfield-Jackson airport was able to get a loaded gun
through security and onto a plane."Blake Alford, a retired truck driver from
Jonesboro, Ga., says he didn"t realize that he had packed his gun in his
carry-on when he was flying on Nov.
5."After the bag went through an X-ray
machine, Alford boarded the Southwest Airlines flight without any
interruption.
To his shock, he discovered the gun in his bag only after
arriving at his hotel in Chicago.""I"d just forgotten it was there," he told
The Daily Mail.
"I travel a fair bit, but I have never done anything like this
before."Alford has a carry permit, but not for carrying on planes.
On his
flight back to Atlanta, Alford unloaded the semi-automatic weapon and put it
in his checked bag."Related:"FAA Employee Arrested After Flying with Gun in
Carry-on A TSA agent at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
(Photo:
AP)After arriving back home, Alford says he came forward with his story to let
other travelers know about his experience, and to encourage the TSA to tighten
its procedures.
"How could the TSA not have spotted it?" Alford said to"The
Daily Mail.
"Especially as it was just a few days after the Russian plane blew
up."This shocking incident occurred before the terrorist attacks in Paris and
Beiruit, but now more than ever, travelers around the world are concerned with
their safety, especially in the air."In response to the incident, the TSA said
it is investigating what happened, and plans to retrain employees if it
appears that standard procedure was not followed."When our employees fail to
meet standards, we hold them appropriately accountable," said the TSA in a
statement.
"TSA employs a robust security system involving multiple layers of
security, both seen and unseen, to protect the traveling public, including a
well-trained frontline workforce, state-of-the-art technologies, intelligence
analysis and information sharing, and explosives detection."In the first 10
moths of 2015, the TSA has discovered 2,447 firearms in carry-on bags at
checkpoints across the nation."WATCH:"The 7 Very Best Travel Rewards Programs
Blake Alford didn't realize he had packed a gun in his carry-on, and
apparently, the TSA didn't realize it either.
"Especially as it was just a
few days after the Russian plane blew up." This shocking incident occurred
before the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beiruit, but now more than ever,
travelers around the world are concerned with their safety, especially in the
air.  In response to the incident, the TSA said it is investigating what
happened, and plans to retrain employees if it appears that standard procedure
was not followed..
Blake Alford didn't realize he had packed a gun in his carry-on, and
apparently, the TSA didn't realize it either.
"Especially as it was just a
few days after the Russian plane blew up." This shocking incident occurred
before the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beiruit, but now more than ever,
travelers around the world are concerned with their safety, especially in the
air.  In response to the incident, the TSA said it is investigating what
happened, and plans to retrain employees if it appears that standard procedure
was not followed.

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