Sun Country pilot arrested for bringing loaded gun to airport ahead of MSP flight

The 54-year-old Minnesotan was detained in Florida.
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A pilot for Sun Country Airlines was arrested after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to a Florida airport before a flight bound to the Twin Cities.

A TSA agent found the firearm in the carry-on suitcase of a 54-year-old Sun Country pilot from Minnesota at Southwest Florida International Airport, in Fort Myers, on Friday night.

Michelle Soplata, who was due to travel on flight 386 from Fort Myers to MSP Airport, told BMTN that their flight was canceled and they had to wait until Saturday lunchtime to return to the Twin Cities.

The News-Press in Florida reports that the Sun Country pilot told security he had packed his own bag, before a TSA agent found the KEL-TEC .380 pistol in a pouch in the front of his case, that was loaded with six rounds.

The newspaper notes the pilot has a permit to carry in Minnesota, but it's not valid in Florida.

In a statement to Bring Me The News, Sun Country said it's aware of the situation and has been in contact with local law enforcement in Florida.

It won't comment specifically on its pilot, citing the "interest of respecting the privacy of and preserving the trust of all our employees."

The passengers due to fly to MSP were given hotels, meal vouchers and a $200 flight voucher as an apology for the inconvenience.

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