The passenger handed the weapon straight to flight attendants after mass panic ensued. Such a terrifying discovery forced the plane to be grounded for more than an hour due to the commotion. Passengers were calmed down by a pilot announcing that close-protection officers were allowed to carry guns on board, but one passenger refused to accept the situation. The standoff eventually ended with the gun being removed from the plane.
The retrieved weapon is thought to be a 9mm Glock 17 pistol that the close-protection officer had taken off his weapons holster and forgotten to pick up again.
A source said they were thankful it had been picked up by someone who did the right thing.
“If it had been found by someone with malign intent it could have turned into a very serious incident for everyone on board.”
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