TSA worker fired after missing loaded gun in bag at airport

ATLANTA (AP) " A Transportation Security Administration screener has been fired after authorities say she missed a loaded handgun in a passenger's carry-on bag at Atlanta's airport.

WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2nkF2MM ) reported Thursday that Atlanta police say passenger Katrina Jackson of Hoover, Alabama, was looking for her passport inside her purse and noticed her .38-caliber handgun Sunday while at the gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Jackson told officers, who confiscated her gun and bag.

TSA officials said in a statement that the worker who failed to see the handgun already was on probation and was fired.

Police say Jackson told officers she had a permit from Alabama to carry the gun, but didn't have it on her. Jackson was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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