FBI Arrests Man Boarding Plane With Gun
Feb. 09, 2004
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A man tried to take a loaded handgun aboard an airplane Sunday by falsely claiming he was a law enforcement officer, the FBI said.
Authorities ruled out terrorism as a motive, said Sheila Thorne, an FBI spokeswoman in New Orleans.
Cleve Unselle Burley, 34, of Pascagoula, Miss., will be charged Monday with attempting to board an aircraft with a loaded handgun, and faces a maximum 10-year federal prison sentence if convicted, Thorne said. Burley was in custody Sunday night.
Burley, who was traveling alone, was bound for Dallas to catch a connecting flight to Las Vegas. He presented false identification, Thorne said.
Transportation Security Administration screeners at Louis Armstrong International Airport noticed the handgun in Burley's carry-on luggage when it went through magnetometers.