May 21, 2010 12:38 PM by Melissa Canone
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts State Police say they took a gun off
a JetBlue pilot at Logan International Airport after he allegedly
told an acquaintance he might harm himself.
The incident occurred Thursday, and the pilot was taken to
Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation. The airline says no
passengers were harmed nor was any flight in jeopardy.
State Police spokesman David Procopio (pro-cop-EE'-oh) says a
federal air marshal alerted troopers after the acquaintance relayed
the message. Procopio says police confronted the pilot at a crew
lounge and he surrendered the weapon.
The pilot was not charged with illegal possession of a firearm,
suggesting he was a member of the Federal Flight Deck Officer
program. The post-9/11 program screens, trains, arms and deputizes
pilots as a last line of aircraft security.
The Transportation Security Administration is investigating.
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