A Virginia-based Piedmont Airlines pilot was arrested today at the Buffalo airport for trying to bring a loaded .357 Magnum aboard a LaGuardia-bound flight.
Authorities said he had flown seven other flights since Wednesday with the gun in his bag, the Buffalo News says.
Brett Dieter, 52, of Barbersville, Va., was charged after a Transportation Security Administration screener spotted what appeared to be a handgun concealed in his carry-on this morning. The bag apparently did not pass through X-ray screening Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., where he piloted a flight to LaGuardia. Piedmont is a subsidiary of US Airways.