Florida Man Says He Forgot About Loaded Gun When Boarding Flights
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A transportation safety consultant charged with trying to board a flight with a concealed 9 mm Beretta says he forgot the loaded gun was in his briefcase. Barry Brunstein, 55, of Tampa, Fla., said he took the weapon with him on a business trip to Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 18 , checked into a hotel, put the gun in his briefcase and didn't use either the weapon or case again until his trip to Memphis, Tenn. "It was the handiest place to put it. I never gave the gun a second thought," he said in an interview Sunday. Brunstein, who worked in the 1970s as a U.S. Department of Transportation safety officer, said he is worried the incident will affect his consulting job. Brunstein was making a round-trip jaunt Friday between Tampa and Memphis, with a stop in Atlanta, to complete requirements for a Delta Air Lines frequent-flier program, he said. Tampa security guards missed the gun when his briefcase was screened there, federal officials said. "It went through the scanner and got to the other end," Brunstein said. The briefcase was not screened in Atlanta because he remained near his gate while waiting for his connecting flight. But Brunstein was pulled over for a random security check in Memphis and arrested when a security guard found the weapon as he prepared to board a flight to Tampa. An investigation was under way at Los Angeles-based Worldwide Security Associates, which provides security checks at Tampa International Airport, a company official said. Brunstein's hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17 in federal court. Brunstein, who has a Florida license to carry the weapon, has no previous criminal record and was released on $5,000 bond.