SkyWest pilot arrested

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A commercial airline pilot from the United States was arrested a week ago at the Calgary International Airport after he was caught trying to clear security with a loaded firearm.

Joshua Petty White, a pilot for SkyWest Airlines, failed to declare his gun when he landed in Canada from the U.S. on March 27, Lisa White, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed Thursday.

The next day, he tried to board a return flight as a member of the flight crew and was caught at a security checkpoint at Calgary International Airport with the gun in his carry-on luggage.

Security officials called police because he was not authorized to have a gun in Canada.

The U.S.'s Transportation Security Administration said Thursday White used his Known Crew Member status to bypass security at Salt Lake International Airport.

The TSA said they are investigating the incident and will be in talks with SkyWest.

Charges laid

Police laid three charges under the Criminal Code and alerted CBSA to the issue. CBSA subsequently laid an additional five charges against White.

The pilot was taken into custody and charged under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code before being released on a $4,000 bond.

The airline said White has been put on administrative leave ?while full investigations are completed internally and by authorities.?

White is not part of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, whose members are permitted to carry firearms on board planes, according to a senior U.S. official.

The weapon he was carrying, a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380-calibre, is not one of the guns issued to FFDO pilots, the official said.

White?s next court appearance is set for April 29.

With files from Amanda Connolly/CBC
 

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Someone has to protect the cockpit of the CRJ
 

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I would submit that it's pretty unlikely that a pilot would be so colossally stupid as to think he could knowing carry an unauthorized weapon into Canada knowing he would be going through security there.

Could a person have place a small gun in a side pocket, unbeknownst to the pilot - a scorned woman (partner) perhaps?

This then begs the question, he was a pilot, already in control of the aircraft, why WOULDN'T he be allowed to carry a weapon?
 

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We paid ALPA dues to get KCM established. Wouldn't it be ironic if this guy ruined the program.
 

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This then begs the question, he was a pilot, already in control of the aircraft, why WOULDN'T he be allowed to carry a weapon?
No, it really doesn't. Using that line of logic, he should be allowed to carry a small nuclear device.

It's a major cockup. He should have the book thrown at him. Just leave your guns at home, kids.
 

Mickey Mouse

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Canadians are so gay. He is authoried to have a gun for his job in the USA. They should have handled this through administrative fines without criminal charges.
 

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Canadians are so gay. He is authoried to have a gun for his job in the USA. They should have handled this through administrative fines without criminal charges.
????

White is not part of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, whose members permitted to carry firearms on board planes, according to a senior U.S. official.
 

Mickey Mouse

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White is not part of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, whose members permitted to carry firearms on board planes, according to a senior U.S. official.
Thanks. I missed that part. He is fked. Canadians are now slightly less gay.
 
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