When I read the headline of this CNN article, “Gun in carry-on accidentally fired“, I first thought, oh no! A gun in a carry-on was fired on a plane?? Then I thought, No way. First, how would they get it on the plane? Second, how could it be loaded? So then I read the actual article. Go read it, now. Then come back for my commentary.
Here was my thought process: Oh good, it wasn’t fired on a plane. It was fired at the security check point. Then, Seriously? The old guy forgot he had a freaking gun in his bag? Then, Seriously???? It was the cop who accidentally fired it????? Aren’t cops supposed to know how to handle firearms?
Luckily, the only casualty was the screening table. But the officer wrote in his report that
“I was grazed by a pellet fragment on the left side of my face….However, there were no visible injuries.”
Evidently the gun was loaded with “snake shot”. <<shudder>>
The article says that over 1100 firearms have been discovered at security checkpoints this year alone. That seems like a lot to me. Luckily I haven’t seen any; I think I would freak out. The craziest thing I’ve ever seen at security is a bottle of barbeque sauce, and the passenger would just not believe it was considered a liquid.
Readers, have you ever seen a gun at a security checkpoint? Just kidding. (Kind of.…) What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at airport security?
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