- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 31, 2007

A uniformed flight attendant has been arrested at Dulles International Airport for carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta, prompting an investigation of how the gun made it onto the aircraft.

Airport police received a call just after noon Friday saying the woman was turning herself in for carrying the weapon on United Airlines flight 7591, said Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The woman, Janet Tucker, 45, of Lithonia, Ga., was arrested and cited on charges of having a concealed weapon at the airport. She was interviewed and released on a summons to appear in Loudoun County Court in Virginia. It was not clear whether a court date had been scheduled.

Mr. Yingling said other agencies may bring additional charges against Mrs. Tucker for having the gun on the plane.

“It seems it was an inadvertent incident, from her description,” he said.

Mrs. Tucker was in uniform on the flight but was not part of the duty crew at the time, he said.

It was not clear how she got the gun past Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints in Atlanta. Flight attendants have to go through the same security procedures as all other passengers, agency spokesman Barry Phelps said.

“That’s what’s being investigated,” he said.

Mr. Phelps said the FBI and other law-enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

United Airlines spokesman Jeff Kovick said a company employee had been arrested but would not confirm other information.

The arrest was first reported by WJLA-TV.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Herschel Grangent had no further information when reached yesterday afternoon. A telephone message seeking comment from FBI officials in Atlanta was not immediately returned.

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