Gun Taken From Upset JetBlue Pilot Before Flight
BOSTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials say a JetBlue pilot who threatened to "harm himself in spectacular fashion" surrendered a gun to authorities who confronted him just before a flight from Boston's Logan International Airport.
The pilot was not charged with illegal possession of a firearm, and the gun was taken by federal authorities. Both actions suggest he might be a member of the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. The post-9/11 program screens, trains, arms and deputizes pilots as a last line of aircraft security.
The conflict occurred Thursday after a flight attendant who used to date the pilot said she received an e-mail indicating he was distraught.
Federal Security Director George Naccara says the pilot never threatened the aircraft or the passengers. The pilot was hospitalized.
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