JetBlue Pilot Charged After Gun Found in Bag at LaGuardia

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:17 PM EDT
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JetBlue Pilot Charged After Gun Found in Bag

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A JetBlue pilot is facing a weapons possession charge after a gun was found in his bag during a screening at LaGuardia Airport.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert Paulson of Ankeny, Iowa, was going through screening procedures on Sept. 8. The screener saw something metal in the X-ray, which turned out to be a 40-caliber H&K pistol. There were also bullets in the bag.

The complaint said Paulson had been in New York for at least the day and was taking the flight to go back home to Iowa.

He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is Sept. 19.

A telephone number for Paulson could not be found. JetBlue said it was cooperating with the investigation but declined to share any additional details.

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