- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - An inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration has been accused of illegally skirting airport security after he was caught with a gun.

Ernest Abbott faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport without going through security while flying from Atlanta to New York on Jan. 12.

Prosecutors said he used an employee access card to bypass security in Atlanta. He was charged with a firearms offense after airport screeners found the gun in New York.

Abbott said in an interview that he made a mistake. His wife kept a .22-caliber revolver in a backpack. He said he took that backpack on the work-related trip to New York. Abbott said he did not realize the firearm was in his luggage until airport security screeners found it.

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