Man Boarding Flight Accused Of Having Gun

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police arrested a man at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Monday after a screening device revealed a gun in his carryon bag, airport officials said.

The 58-year-old man from the Cleveland area was boarding a Continental Airlines flight for Baltimore around 3:30 p.m. Airport officials did not release his name.

"As his carryon luggage went through the device, the outline of a gun was clearly visible," airport commissioner Fred Szabo said.

An airport screener opened the bag and found an unloaded 9 mm pistol. Bullets for the gun were found in a satchel that was also inside the bag, Szabo said.

The man told authorities he didn't realize the gun was in his bag, Szabo said.

"It seems incomprehensible to us that somebody would bring a gun on an airplane in this day and age," Szabo said.

Flights were not delayed because of the arrest, airport spokeswoman Shelley Shockley said.

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