A Brooklyn man went through security screening at New York JFK on Monday, and the TSA found a gun he’d brought with him in his carry on bag. That’s not the amazing part of this story, even considering past failures of TSA screeners to spot guns going through their checkpoints.
When the screener asked the man to “step aside” he promptly ran away, left the terminal, and hopped into a taxi. He didn’t even stop to collect his shoes, which he’d sent through the x-ray machine as well. He left his bag behind, and also his wallet along with three forms of ID, “his boarding pass, a New York learner’s permit and his passport.”
It’s not clear which terminal this happened in. Both Delta and JetBlue fly from New York JFK to Atlanta. The man likely had no intention of bringing his loaded 9mm handgun with him, and simply made a mistake, otherwise he probably wouldn’t have left it in his bag and sent it through x-ray. Running from the scene, though, certainly made matters worse.
According to the New York JFK federal security director for TSA, “Fleeing the checkpoint does this man no good. It was foolish of him to run. We know who he is and he now faces a stiff financial federal civil penalty.” Of course when TSA screeners themselves ran through JFK screaming something about a bomb which didn’t exist, no penalties applied.