(WARWICK, R.I.) — Transportation Security Administration officers made a dangerous find Monday afternoon when a man and his child were attempting to fly from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport.
A disassembled .40 caliber pistol and a magazine with a pair of bullets were found hidden inside stuffed animals in the 4-year-old boy’s carry-on bag. The pistol could have been made operational in moments by anyone familiar with it.
TSA agents confiscated the “artfully concealed” weapon — but let the flyer and his son board a Pinnacle Airlines flight to Detroit, because they figured out the situation was a set-up, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.
Officials say the man’s wife apparently stuffed the contraband into the toys to get her former husband busted. The couple has been tangled in a bitter custody dispute.
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Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire
Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire