A loaded gun in an airport has resulted in the arrest of one man, 59-year-old Robert Kellerman of Long Pond, Penn. Kellerman was attempting to board an airplane at Newark Liberty International Airport on Feb. 17, 2013 with the loaded firearm in his bag, according to NJ.com.
Fortunately, Transportation Security Administration screeners observed the .22 caliber handgun and contacted the appropriate authorities.
Port Authority Police officers apprehended and arrested Kellerman just after 6 a.m., at a checkpoint inside Terminal C at the Newark Liberty.
There is no mention of the incident on the airport's official website. Recent alerts and advisories on the site mention only possible weather delays, so it does not appear that any flights were delayed due to the loaded gun at the airport.
Kellerman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, but the man claims it was all a misunderstanding. He reportedly told officials that he had simply forgotten the loaded gun was in the bag. Forgetting a loaded gun in luggage seems to be a popular explanation. Another passenger caught with a loaded gun in an airport used the same excuse earlier this month at the very same airport.