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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : slc|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Function||observation : observer|
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|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
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|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
On 3/tue/89 I again went to slc to take a friend for her return flight to ca. I was not a ticketed passenger. As we entered security, I layed my purse down to enter the x-ray machine. I had completely forgotten about the gun in my purse as I was not accustomed to carrying it. As it came out, a security girl handed it to me. At that very instant, I remembered the gun. I immediately handed it back to here and told her there was a gun in the outside zipper pocket. Several other security people asked me again, what was in the purse. I told them a gun. Within just a few mins there were 3 or more police. They asked me to go with them. I said goodbye to friend and left with the officers. In the next few hours the officers, 2 fbi agents and the FAA questioned me and my intent in carrying the gun. I explained again how my husband had given it to me for protection and that I knew it was not to be in the airport. That was why I gave my purse back to security. This story was confirmed by the security people at x-ray and also the fact that they never detected through the x-ray the gun in the my purse.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: REPORTER ACCOMPANYING A FRIEND TO THE ARPT AT SLC PASSED HER PURSE THROUGH THE SECURITY CHECK WITH A GUN INSIDE. SECURITY X-RAY FAILED TO DETECT THE GUN. SHE TURNED HERSELF IN AFTER RECEIVING THE PURSE BACK FROM THE SECURITY GUARD.
Narrative: ON 3/TUE/89 I AGAIN WENT TO SLC TO TAKE A FRIEND FOR HER RETURN FLT TO CA. I WAS NOT A TICKETED PAX. AS WE ENTERED SECURITY, I LAYED MY PURSE DOWN TO ENTER THE X-RAY MACHINE. I HAD COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE GUN IN MY PURSE AS I WAS NOT ACCUSTOMED TO CARRYING IT. AS IT CAME OUT, A SECURITY GIRL HANDED IT TO ME. AT THAT VERY INSTANT, I REMEMBERED THE GUN. I IMMEDIATELY HANDED IT BACK TO HERE AND TOLD HER THERE WAS A GUN IN THE OUTSIDE ZIPPER POCKET. SEVERAL OTHER SECURITY PEOPLE ASKED ME AGAIN, WHAT WAS IN THE PURSE. I TOLD THEM A GUN. WITHIN JUST A FEW MINS THERE WERE 3 OR MORE POLICE. THEY ASKED ME TO GO WITH THEM. I SAID GOODBYE TO FRIEND AND LEFT WITH THE OFFICERS. IN THE NEXT FEW HRS THE OFFICERS, 2 FBI AGENTS AND THE FAA QUESTIONED ME AND MY INTENT IN CARRYING THE GUN. I EXPLAINED AGAIN HOW MY HUSBAND HAD GIVEN IT TO ME FOR PROTECTION AND THAT I KNEW IT WAS NOT TO BE IN THE ARPT. THAT WAS WHY I GAVE MY PURSE BACK TO SECURITY. THIS STORY WAS CONFIRMED BY THE SECURITY PEOPLE AT X-RAY AND ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY NEVER DETECTED THROUGH THE X-RAY THE GUN IN THE MY PURSE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.