An American Airlines pilot is under investigation after agents with the Transportation Security Administration discovered a gun in his luggage as he was about to board a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Mexico.
Ronald Calabrese was stopped on March 16 after trying to get through a security checkpoint in Terminal D at Dallas-Fort-Worth International Airport.
An agent with the TSA noticed Calabrese had a gun in his backpack as it passed through the X-ray machine.
The weapon was a chrome 9 mm handgun with two clips and 23 rounds of ammunition.
Calabrese was scheduled to fly to Cancun, Mexico, and told investigators that he’d recently been camping and took the weapon with him on the trip and forgot he had it in his backpack.
A detective with airport police noted that Calabrese was cooperative and showed no signs of deception but recommended that he be charged for carrying the weapon in a prohibited area, calling Calabrese, “reckless,” for not thoroughly checking his backpack.
Calabrese was released the same day and allowed to make his scheduled flight to Cancun, Mexico.
American Airlines is not commenting on the incident citing the ongoing investigation.