Woman arrested for stun gun in baggage hold of airplane

This entry was posted by Rob on Sunday, 22 February, 2009 at

I suppose I’m a little bit biased since I sell self-defense items, and I think the law banning stun guns in New York State is stupid anyways…

But a report just came out that a woman was arrested for having a stun gun in a baby stroller that was being put into the baggage hold on a Southwest Airline flight.

Apparently the atrocity occurred last Saturday when a woman, her infant and another male passenger attempted to board the airplane and a crew member noticed the item as he was about to load the stroller. Can you even access the baggage hold from the cabin of an airplane or isn’t that just liked the checked baggage?

I think TSA blew this out of proportion, making it seem like a terrorist threat. The entire plane was delayed and checked as a precaution after the weapon was found.

So now this woman is facing misdemeanor charges and has to appear in court because she wanted to defend herself if something bad happened. I think the bigger problem is now she doesn’t have anything.

The TSA officials used the incident as a retraining exercise because apparently the $8/hour security monitors didn’t know what a stun gun looked like the first time it went through. They brought back the stroller and stungun back through the security checkpoint so the screeners would know what it looked like if another one ever came across the screen.

A TSA spokesperson said that while there is “no silver bullet” in detecting threats like this, “we do have multiple layers of security,” that range from reinforced cockpit doors to trained air marshals aboard the aircraft.

“This article did not make it onto the aircraft,” she said.

Good job. I bet if the woman had more than 3 ounces of liquid baby formula she would have been busted for that also. I’m sure you guys are mighty proud of yourselves.

But alas, stun guns and tasers are illegal in states of Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin or the city of Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA. Shame on that mom!

I’m sure it’s nice to know that the criminals are better armed, seeing that they could care less if any law prohibited them from carrying a weapon. Hence why they are criminals, they don’t care.

I’m sure the criminals wander the streets feeling safer that the average citizens are unarmed and their illegal wills can go unopposed.

Is there a day that some sort of crime isn’t in the news?

Child abductions, rapes, robberies, assaults, car-jackings, break-ins and home invasions are headlines every day. Everyone can use a slight edge.

Shouldn’t you be protected?

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5 Responses to “Woman arrested for stun gun in baggage hold of airplane”

  1. When will people get this? Don’t bring your friggin weapons to the airport! This is just so dumb of people… I am sorry, but it’s time for people to realize that the airport is trying to keep us safe, and idiots need to leave their weapons at HOME!

  2. I’m not sure how I really feel about this. I understand why they don’t want the stun gun on the airplane … but in the luggage hold? She’d have to be a trained something or other in order to get to the luggage hold just to get the stun gun during the flight. Not to mention incredibly adept at breathing with minimal oxygen.

    In fact, she’d have to be so well trained that she could probably take on those air marshals without the stun gun if she really wanted to. Go super mom.

    Besides, she probably just keeps it in the stroller and forgot it was in there when they were going to get on the plane.

  3. I will never take any kind of weapon to any airport, but i do believe she just forgot it was in the stroller. I don´t think she can be so dumb, it could happen to anyone.

    Luis

  4. So stunguns are allowable in my state of California, then? I didn’t realize that..

  5. It’s nice to finally see some attention being given to the luggage hold, but this? You can check many of the prohibited carry-on items for the very reason that they are no threat if you can’t touch them in flight. This sounds more like a ‘see, we’re doing our job’ than a real attempt at public safety.

    Has the TSA ever actually found anything that prevented anything? Or is it always just Grandad’s 3-inch pocket knife and a grab at my underwear that they’re good for?


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