July 12th, 2007 09:09 AM
He shoulda used a Glock 7/ another Arab goofs at the aurport
Man charged with bringing gun through airport security
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man was charged with trying to bring a gun wrapped in aluminum foil and a towel aboard a plane at Jacksonville International Airport, authorities said Tuesday.
Ahmad Abdallah Abu Ghanam was on his way to Chicago then Jordan on Monday when Transportation Security Administration workers found the .380-calibar semiautomatic gun in his checked luggage. The serial number had been scratched off, said Michael Stewart, director of external affairs for the airport.
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Abu Ghanam told police he bought the weapon on the street a month ago and he did not realize the serial number was missing.
Travelers are allowed to check unloaded handguns as long as they are declared to airline employees and are stowed in special cases.
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Stewart said the discovery was a good sign because it shows an efficient system.
"The system worked. The attorneys and courts will handle it from here," Stewart said.
Abu Ghanam was charged with removal of a firearm serial number. He was being held on $10,003 bail, The Florida Times-Union reported.
Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
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July 12th, 2007 09:28 AM
A .380 Glock, "on the street"? Either the press got it wrong, or Martha Stewart's homie smuggled it in earlier.
July 12th, 2007 09:43 AM
article said ".380-calibar semiautomatic gun" paramedic's title was referencing Die Hard's fictional Glock 7 made of ceramic and can make it through the metal detectors without being seen
July 12th, 2007 09:52 AM
He wrapped it in foil huh. Sounds like he was testing for a weakness in security. Maybe a way of obscuring the gun from detection. I mean who freaking wraps a gun in foil. This was no whooops,.. I forgot it was there. And cant they charge him with more since the gun was most likely stolen.
July 12th, 2007 10:29 AM
Clue #1: Ahmad Abdallah Abu Ghanam
Clue #2: trying to bring a gun wrapped in aluminum foil and a towel aboard a plane
Clue #3: The serial number had been scratched off
Any more questions? No need for attorneys and courts, this guy is on middle easter descent with an illegal firearm trying to get on a plane. The guy is obviously a terrorist.
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July 12th, 2007 11:13 AM
July 12th, 2007 11:19 AM
I don't think so. According to the article, the gun was in his checked luggage. He's not going to be hijacking a plane with a firearm that's in the cargo hold.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
July 12th, 2007 11:36 AM
I think it was a test of the screening system.
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July 12th, 2007 11:58 AM
They should definitly release the type of the gun. Because if LE is smart, if it is a GLOCK .380, or another pistol that bears NO US importer on it then this sounds REALLY fishy. Possible terroist.
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July 12th, 2007 12:42 PM
My thoughts exactly, glad he failed
Originally Posted by pgrass101
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July 12th, 2007 12:44 PM
Possible terrorist? No question in my mind.
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July 12th, 2007 04:42 PM
No, but if "Mustafa" in baggage handling didn't feel he could walk something in with his ID, this could be a way to arm one or more ground guys.
Originally Posted by Blackeagle
That would be pretty spectacular- blow up a few planes at the terminal. I have no idea how "sealed" the fueling systems are. You'd need sidearms to keep the cops at bay and/or shoot people trying to evacuate.
July 12th, 2007 04:52 PM
So rather than have a baggage handler carry the gun in, they're going to try to sneak it in via checked baggage which gets x-rayed by the TSA? That doesn't even pass the laugh test.
Originally Posted by Rob72
July 12th, 2007 07:25 PM
Bad juju... Very Bad juju...
This must be on the mind of Michael Chertoff when he had his "gut feeling" something is going to happen this summer!
All things considered and after all obligatory "given the benifit of doubt"... there is no doubt in my pea brain, that this was some sort of security test, at the least!
Of course, now that the courts are involved, the government will probably totally drop the ball and not disrupt the cell. They will be afraid of infringing on the suspects civil rights to attempt to get more information out of him.
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