American Airlines Plane Ordered Back to Gate at DFW after Woman Boards with Gun

A 65-year-old woman who had a gun in her carry-on bag triggered a frantic search throughout Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) this morning after she passed through security – apparently undetected, at least initially – and onto her American Airlines plane.

65-Year-Old Woman ‘Forgot’ Gun in Bag

Once the woman was finally identified, her flight to Houston – which had already pushed back from the gate – was ordered to return and the woman was taken into custody. She was released a few hours later, reportedly after invoking the oft-heard explanation that she ‘forgot’ she had a gun with her.

Charges, however, are still pending.

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DFW’s Frantic Race to Find Gun Owner

Many questions remain about how the breach occurred. A Dallas TV station reports that the TSA raised an alarm at 7:30 a.m., an hour after the woman left security. It’s still not clear when the gun was noticed but it quickly became a race to identify its owner and figure out where she might have gone (it’s a very big airport).

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Woman ‘At Large’ in Airport for 90 Minutes

It’s estimated it took 45 minutes for the woman to be identified via surveillance video and have her picture distributed to airport police. The woman was reportedly ‘at large’ in the airport for 90 minutes before her location was finally pinpointed on the American flight.

Apparently she will not face federal charges, but may have violated a Texas law that bans carrying a firearm in a ‘prohibited location.’

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Published: January 18, 2012