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FBI Arrests Man Boarding Plane With Gun

February 9, 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.

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