It’s happened to me at the airport, twice, in fact. Forgetting that I had a Swiss Army Knife, yes, a pocket knife, in my backpack when walking through the airport. Not much hassle (one time I had it shipped to my house at my cost, the other let them keep it as it was a cheaper one), but at the same time, better to remember to put it in the checked luggage or not bring it at all.
Idol winner and country star Scotty McCreery found himself in a similiar situation (but a tad more serious), when forgetting he had his loaded piston in his bag. The 23-year old went through a security X-ray checkpoint in his hometown’s airport on July 13 when the weapon was spotted by a TSA employee. He was issued a citation for a misdemeanor violation, and after questioning was able to board the next available flight.
“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for awhile now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously,” McCreery said in a statement to Us Weekly on Saturday, July 22. “While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it.”
“I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they then released me to catch the next available flight,” he added. “Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”
Today’s lesson: Check your bags before you go to the airport!
Source: US Weekly