Police: TSA Employee Brings Gun To Airport

Published On: Oct 12 2011 03:33:17 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2011 12:19:49 PM EDT
MIAMI -

A Transportation Safety Administration employee was taken into custody Tuesday after he unlawfully tried to bring a handgun into the secured area of Miami International Airport, police said.

Just before noon, Eduardo Valdes, 29, a screener for TSA was reporting for duty on the sterile side of the airport. He was passing through an employee security checkpoint when another screener noticed a handgun in his bag.

According to the police report, Valdes admitted he knew it was illegal to bring a firearm into the airport and that he just "forgot." He also said the gun was not registered and he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Valdes was taken to the Miami-Dade County Jail.