TSA Fail Again? Feds Investigate Stun Gun Found on Jet Blue Flight
The FBI is leading an investigation into a stun gun that was discovered in the back seat pocket of a Jet Blue airplane in Newark, New Jersey, authorities said today.
The stun gun was found by the plane’s cleaning staff at Newark International Airport after a flight that originated from Boston late Friday and was reported to Newark’s Port Authority, Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman told ABC News. Local authorities took possession of the weapon and then notified the FBI and Transportation Security Administration.
FBI spokesperson Bryan Travers said the FBI has identified the passenger who was sitting in the seat that uses the pocket in question, but could not yet link that person to the stun gun definitively. The Transportation Security Administration would not confirm or deny whether an air marshal was on board the plane during the flight from Boston, but said air marshals do not carry stun guns. The FBI is investigating how the stun gun, which very closely resembles a smartphone, made it aboard.
“Obviously it got on the plane somehow,” Travers said. “Did it get smuggled through security? Was it brought on some other way? That’s why it’s under investigation.”