Hilltown man brought gun into PHL|
A Hilltown Township man is the latest regional resident entangled in an aviation security scare after he was charged with carrying a loaded revolver into Philadelphia International Airport, officials said.
Christopher Littrell, 46, of Schwenk Mill Road, was scheduled for an afternoon flight to Cincinnati on Tuesday when a baggage screener found the gun in his bag, FBI spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
The FBI is not treating the incident as an act of terrorism and no flights were delayed, Williams said.
According to court papers:
Littrell tried to pass through a security checkpoint with a laptop computer and a black canvas bag.
While the carry-on luggage was being reviewed in an X-ray machine, a screener saw a gun inside the bag.
The Transportation Security Administration employee asked Littrell if he had anything in his bag that should not come through security.
Littrell responded: ''Well, there might be. I'm in between moving.''
The screener asked Littrell what was in the bag that shouldn't be, but he didn't respond. She then asked if he had a gun.
He replied: ''I might have one — I have a permit to carry it.''
Littrell later told another security worker he'd packed his bag three weeks earlier, and forgot the gun was in it.
A police officer who searched the bag found the gun lying on top of a computer charging cord. The silver .44-caliber revolver, which had five rounds, was immediately visible upon opening the bag.
Littrell was released on $25,000 bail after the arrest, Williams said.
No one answered the line at Littrell's listed telephone number Thursday afternoon, and it was not clear if he had an attorney.
This is the third airplane scare involving regional residents in recent weeks.
On Aug. 25, Howard MacFarland Fish, a 21-year-old student at Lafayette College in Easton, was charged with carrying a stick of dynamite aboard an aircraft that landed in Houston.
His father has said the explosive was a souvenir from a trip to a mine in South America, where the younger Fish had been vacationing.
On Aug. 18, Bethlehem resident Linda Krisko, 46, was charged with having pepper spray and a loaded gun in her carry-on bag at Lehigh Valley International Airport.
She was stopped by security screeners before she boarded her US Airways flight to Charlotte, N.C., and later told authorities that she forgot the weapon was in her backpack.
Source - Morning Call