JUST IN: Atlanta passenger gets gun through TSA, alerts officials in Japan he still has it:
The Delta Air Lines passenger was cooperative with authorities once he landed in Tokyo, according to the TSA, which referred additional inquiries to airport officials at Narita.
The Transportation Security Administration told CBS News, "TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on January 2.
A CBS News review of the police documents reveals at least three incidents in 2017 where it appears the gun was missed by TSA screeners at one airport and only discovered on the person's trip home.
A passenger at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta passed through a TSA checkpoint with a gun on January 3 and flew to Tokyo with it. The TSA says the government shutdown was not a factor. More in today’s Daily Bulletin:
Authorities are investigating after a passenger traveling through the Atlanta airport managed to get a gun past airport security and aboard a 14-hour Delta Airlines flight, just hours into the new year.
TSA said in a statement that the security breach was due to "standard procedures" not being followed, and dismissed the idea that it was related to workers calling out because of the shutdown, which entered day 24 on Monday.
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Delta said, "The flight in question was DL295 (Atlanta to Tokyo Narita International Airport) on Jan. 2.
The agency confirmed that an unidentified passenger flying out of the world’s busiest airport on Jan. 2 somehow got a firearm past security agents prior to a flight to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, where he was met by Japanese authorities upon landing.
Passenger gets gun past Atlanta airport screeners, flies with it to Tokyo
An airline passenger carried a gun through the TSA checkpoint at Atlanta’s airport and carried it all the way through to his overseas destination, according to a report from Channel 2 Action News.
The man alerted airline workers once he arrived at Tokyo Narita International Airport who in turn told the TSA, Delta Air Lines said.
A passenger managed to slip a gun past screeners at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and fly with it all the way to Tokyo, federal officials confirmed to CBS News
Staffing shortages at two of the country’s major travel hubs — Houston’s George Bush International Airport and Miami International Airport — forced closures of either TSA screening lines or concourses over the weekend, the Washington Post reported.
A passenger managed to slip a gun past a security checkpoint at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport earlier this month — but Transportation Security Administration officials insist the weeks-long government shutdown wasn’t to blame.
"Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E." The closure follows a similar move at Miami International Airport in Florida, which closed a TSA checkpoint on Jan. 12 "due to the federal funding lapse," the airport said in a tweet.
TSA screeners spotted more than 4,000 firearms in carry-on bags in 2018 – nearly 300 in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport alone.
A passenger bound for Tokyo passed through Atlanta airport security with an undetected gun: TSA
Passenger able to take gun on flight from Atlanta airport during the government shutdown