A US pilot flying with an armed gun on board an airline has been caught flying a large gun in his pocket in a new trend that threatens to make flying a little bit more dangerous.
The pilot, who has not been identified, has been flying commercial and military aircraft since 2007, and has flown for several airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic.
He has flown with the American Airlines brand for years, according to The New York Times.
The pilot is flying a Delta Air line aircraft on a transatlantic flight between Boston and Chicago, when the plane’s captain noticed that the pilot had a large, loaded firearm on his lap.
He said the passenger got up, looked at the gun and said he didn’t have a gun.
The passenger said he was not armed and had a valid gun permit.
The pilot was questioned by security at the gate.
A passenger who was in the aisle asked if he was armed and said, “I’m not going to answer that question, but I think I do have a firearm in my hand.”
The passenger then walked over to the cockpit and took the weapon from the pilot.
“He pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and he was pointing it at the pilot,” said the pilot, according the newspaper.
The airline said it has been working with law enforcement officials to investigate the incident and that the passenger is being held on a $1 million bond.
The airline has since suspended the pilot and removed the passenger from the flight.
“This type of incident is something we take very seriously and we will be looking into this very closely,” American Airlines spokesperson Michael DeCrescenzo told the paper.
(Reporting by Patrick Graham; Editing by Nick Macfie)