Two stun guns found in passenger luggage at New York airport

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 4:09 PM
Two stun guns found in passenger luggage at New York airport

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two stun guns were found in checked luggage at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport just days after another stun gun was discovered in a plane at a nearby airport, officials said on Tuesday.

A screener with the Transportation Security Administration at JFK detected the two stun guns in the checked luggage of a man waiting to board Lufthansa Flight 405 to Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday evening, said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman. The man was arrested.

On Friday, a cleaning crew stumbled upon a stun gun left behind in a JetBlue Airways plane that had landed at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

The passenger arrested at JFK was described only as a 53-year-old white man, according to Sara Joren, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the airport.

Although the TSA generally allows fliers to pack stun guns and certain other weapons in their checked luggage, stun guns are illegal in the state of New York, Farbstein said.

Neither the TSA nor the Port Authority were able to confirm what has happened to the man since his arrest.

Meanwhile, the FBI was continuing to investigate the Newark incident, in which a stun gun resembling a cell phone was found in a seat pocket on JetBlue Airways Flight 1179 from Boston after it landed at Newark.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)