A passenger on Delta Air Lines alerted the airline crew that they were carrying a firearm after it had passed airport security and was heading to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan.
The Transportation Security Administration acknowledged in a statement that security procedures were not followed at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on January 2.
“Upon the customer’s disclosure, the airline reported the incident to TSA,” a Delta spokesperson told HuffPost.
The partial government shutdown, which forced some security staff to call in sick to protest working without pay, did not affect the staffing at the security checkpoint.
22 days of the #GovernmentShutdown and all is well at #ATLAirport . Thanks to our federal employees who are keeping us all safe, the lines moving, and planes flying. You are amazing! ✈️ @TSA @CBPSoutheast @FAANews pic.twitter.com/OW9YVww3Jt
— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) January 12, 2019
“TSA will hold those responsible appropriately accountable,” the agency said.
The announcement of the firearm was not part of a test, and the passenger had forgotten that the firearm was in their carry-on luggage.