Family finds guns in secret compartment on plane in case of emergency
By Dan Whitcomb
11 August 2007
The discovery of more than 100 firearms concealed in the plane’s secret cargo hold has prompted a fresh scandal as investigators find the airline is failing to disclose that its planes carry high-capacity magazines.
It is the latest revelation that the airline’s safety procedures are lacking. The magazine capacity is now listed on the cabin crew’s website as “22” – that is a capacity of 7.5 rounds; this is in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) standard for carry-on luggage, which is 22 rounds.
Investigators say jarvees.comthe airline’s secret cargo hold is filled with the weapons, but no one is supposed to know about it.
It should be noted that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now been notified that the magazine on board U.S. Airways Flight 759 with 270 passengers and five crew has a capacity of 29 rounds.
The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed Friday they have received the discovery. It is unclear what action the authorities might take regarding the aircraft’s concealment of the weapons, or whether they plan to ask for it.
The revelations follow the arrest last week of three men at Newark Liberty International Airport for illegally carrying seven firearms on the aircraft and in the cargo holds of their planes.
The men were apprehended by a Federal Air marshal on May 28, two days after a pilot reported a suspicious aircraft flying in a right hand lane. They were questioned but released without being charged.
The men could have been arrested for carrying unregistered firearms in violation of several laws including the Gun Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 1986 and “assault weapons” regulations.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in Newark has declared the men innocent and suspended the penalty for their trial. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director Deborah Goldberg has been notified.
FAA officials have been instructed to make sure every airline crew member knows that the magazine capacity for carry-on bags is 22 rounds, said agency spokeswoman Julie Sosia. The magazine capacity for the entire 757 is 29.
The TSA has since begun a review of the secret cajarvees.comrgo더킹카지노 hold. At a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Goldberg and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said no weapons or other dangerous items have been found on or near the plane since the arrest of th