Armed Delta employee arrested at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, deputies say

Delta employee told deputies he forgot he had loaded gun in backpack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a security guard found a loaded gun in his backpack during a routine screening, Frank Wilson told deputies he put it there to keep it away from his nephew and forgot to take it out before showing up for work as a Delta Air Lines mechanic.

The 42-year-old man from Bossier City, Louisiana is facing a weapons charge in Broward after a routine security screening revealed he was carrying the loaded .45 caliber Glock Model 21 on Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport. 

"Wilson stated that he'd forgotten that he put the handgun in his backpack," Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Kevin Jurgens wrote in the arrest report. "He did recall placing the handgun in the backpack in order to hide it from his nephew."

Wilson didn't have a concealed weapons permit.  Broward County court records show he is facing a third-degree felony carrying a concealed firearm charge, punishable by up to five years in prison or five years probation and a $5,000 fine.  

Records show Wilson was released from Broward County jail Monday on a $500 bond. 


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