A man made it through security, onto a plane, and to his destination with a loaded handgun in his carry-on.
The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year, but this isn’t an oversight that can reasonably be chalked up to busyness. Farid Seif, a businessman from Houston, Texas, always carries a loaded .40 caliber gun. He was flying out of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, and forgot the gun was in his carry-on bag. He was able to board the plane without realizing the oversight, though, because nowhere in the security checkpoints and screenings did anyone notice his loaded gun.
Seif realized he had the weapon upon arriving at his destination, and promptly reported it. He was pretty shocked, particularly because there was nothing else in his carry-on; as he told his local ABC news outlet, “There’s nothing else in there. How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.”
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been in the news lately for various controversial screening techniques, such as full-body scanners and pat-downs. A representative for the Houston Airport System refused to comment on this incident.
All I want is for everyone to get to keep their shoes on in the airport, but I’d certainly settle for no loaded handguns.