After September 11, 2001, security increased at airports across the nation. Rules changed about what you can and can't bring on board an airplane. Among all the grumbling about security screening, griping about insensitive Transportation Administration Security agents and dozens of alleged inappropriate physical searches, what would prompt someone to attempt to carry a gun on a plane, let alone an airport?
Just such a security breach occurred at the DFW International Airport. The TSA screened a purse belonging to a 65-year-old woman at Terminal D, Gate 30's security checkpoint. As the purse traveled under x-ray, the agent in charge of the screening detected a handgun concealed in the purse. Before the agent could react, the woman retrieved her purse and disappeared into the terminal. The TSA did not give an explanation about how the woman was able to grab her purse before the agent to confiscate the gun and detain the woman.
A 90-minute search of the terminal quickly ensued and discovered the woman aboard American Airlines flight 2385 from DFW International Airport to Houston, but not before delaying at least 10 flights. The woman, who resides in Little Elm, Texas, was removed from the flight and taken into custody by Dallas police. DFW intends to charge the women with a third-degree felony for carrying a gun in a place that prohibits weapons, and may be subject to Federal charges.