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Flights delayed after passenger picks up wrong bag with pilot gun in USA
15 January
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New York: A JetBlue pilot lost his government issued handgun after a passenger mistakenly picked up his carry on luggage.

The pilot was waiting for his New York to Pittsburgh flight at Kennedy Airport on Thursday morning when a passenger who was traveling with children mistakenly picked up his backpack along with her family's bags. .

The passenger boarded a flight to West Palm Beach, Fla. When she realized one of the bags was not hers, she notified a flight attendant, and the bag was returned, the official said.

The Transportation Security Administration said the gun was locked so that it could not fire. The pilot was certified to carry a weapon as part of the Federal Flight Deck Officer program, which is aimed at training pilots to fend off would-be hijackers, the TSA said in a written statement.

The Pittsburgh flight was delayed about an hour while JetBlue found a replacement pilot.

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